LATEST Coronavirus updates
UPDATE: 18MARCH2020: Latest Advice for the Goverment:
Government announces move from Contain to Delay phase
Yesterday, the Government announced that we are moving from the Contain phase of the coronavirus action plan and into the Delay phase, in response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Full details of each stage in the government action plan can be found here:
To support the delay of the spread of the virus, the Department for Health and Social Care has asked anyone anyone in the household shows the symptoms below for the whole family to stay at home for 14 days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means people should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 14 days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection.
The symptoms are:
You do not need to call NHS 111 to stay at home. If your symptoms worsen during your stay at home period or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.
The Chief Medical Officer has advised that the impact of closing schools on both children’s education and on the workforce will be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to schools will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group.
The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.
Watch this short NHS film for guidance:
Please find below information received from the borough which we have been asked to circulate:
We recognise there is a lot of concern around the Coronavirus (now called COVID-19).
However, the risk to individuals within the UK is still low, and there is no reason why your children should not continue to attend their early years, school or further education setting as normal.
The best thing to do is to keep yourselves updated at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ , and encourage good handwashing in your family.
Advice for families that have recently travelled abroad or plan to travel abroad
You may need to get medical advice if you've recently travelled to the UK from somewhere with a higher risk of coronavirus.
This list of countries is being updated regularly and up to date advice for travellers, including advice about travelling abroad can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/advice-for-travellers/
These places are:
- Hong Kong
- Italy – only northern Italy (anywhere north of Pisa, Florence and Rimini)
- Myanmar (Burma)
- South Korea
- Tenerife – only the H10 Costa Adeje Palace Hotel
If you have been to one of these places in the last 14 days, find out what to do using the NHS 111 online coronavirus service at https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 or by calling NHS 111.
Advice for everyone
A UK wide campaign has been launched to provide clear advice on how to slow the spread of Coronavirus and other diseases.
Please help to support the campaign which promotes basic hygiene practices to stem the spread of viruses:
- Regularly washing hands with hot water and soap, for 20 seconds, including before eating and after returning home from outside
- Always sneezing or coughing into a tissue
- Throwing away tissues into a bin after use
- Not touching your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are dirty
The Department for Education has now launched a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
- Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
Director of Public Health
London Borough of Waltham Forest
You’re likely aware of the outbreak of novel coronavirus and the subsequent confirmed cases in the UK. At South Grove Primary we take the health and safety of our pupils and staff very seriously, so we’re sharing guidance from Public Health England on steps you should be taking.
There’s currently no cause for concern at the school, but we’ll keep you informed about any developments and ensure we’re keeping the school clean to prevent the spread of any virus.
Prevent the spread of infection
Make sure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:
- Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- If you feel unwell, stay at home and don’t attend work or school
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home
- If you’re worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111 – don’t go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment
If you or your children have returned from a category 1 country or area in past 14 days
- Wuhan city and Hubei province, China
- Daegu or Cheongdo, South Korea*
- Any Italian town under containment measures* (see the map here)
*Only if you’ve returned on or after 19 February 2020
Contact NHS 111 for advice, and:
- Self-isolate for 14 days after leaving the country or area (see the home isolation advice sheet for help with this)
- If you become unwell, call NHS 111 immediately for an assessment (or 999 if you require emergency medical attention) – see below for the symptoms to look out for
If you or your children have returned from a category 2 country or area in last 14 days
- China (other than Wuhan city or Hubei province)
- Hong Kong
- Italy: north* (see the map here)
- South Korea (other than Daegu or Cheongdo)
*Only if you’ve returned on or after 19 February 2020
If you or your children are well:
- You don’t need to avoid contact with other people
- Your other family members don’t need to take any precautions or make any changes to their own activities
If you become unwell (see below for a list of symptoms):
- Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with other flu viruses (see the home isolation advice sheet for help with this)
- Call NHS 111 immediately for an assessment (or 999 if you require emergency medical attention)
Symptoms to look out for
If you’ve returned from any of the category 1 or 2 areas or countries, look out for the following symptoms:
- Difficulty in breathing
- Fever (a temperature of 38 degrees C or higher)
According to other official guidance, while you wait for further advice:
- Avoid contact with others
- Stay at home – don’t go to work or school
- Don’t travel while sick
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing, throwing tissues in the bin
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available)If you or your child have any further concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school