Coronavirus2nd March 2020
Coronavirus Information for Patients
Question 1. Have you been to any of the following Category 1 areas in the last 14 days (even if you do not have symptoms)?
• Wuhan city and Hubei Province (China)
• Daegu or Cheongdo (Republic of Korea)
Question 2. Have you travelled to any of the following Category 2 areas in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if it’s mild)?
• China besides Wuhan
• Hong Kong
• Republic of Korea besides Daegu or Cheongdo
Question 3. Have you been in close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus?
If yes to any of these questions
• You should be self-isolating for COVID-19 and should not be brought into the practice premises. Contact NHS 111 for further information on self-isolation.
• Defer any appointments for elective care and reinforce self-isolation advice
• For emergency appointments, telephone 111 for information on emergency dental care
• If you have not been asked to self-isolate, please contact 111 for further information on self-isolation.
Here at the Castle Clinic, we are doing our part to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. We want to keep patients informed of how to prevent the spread, how to manage symptoms and how to appropriately act if they are concerned.
Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus taken from The World Health Organisation
· Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. COVID-19 is still affecting mostly people in China with some outbreaks in other countries. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:
· Wash your hands frequently, Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. These measures kill viruses that may be on your hands.
· Maintain social distancing, Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
· Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
· Practice respiratory hygiene, Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately. Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you.
· If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early. Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
Protection measures for persons who are in or have recently visited (past 14 days) areas where COVID-19 is spreading
· Follow the guidance outlined above.
· Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover.
Why? Avoiding contact with others and visits to medical facilities will allow these facilities to operate more effectively and help protect you and others from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.
· If you develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Call in advance and tell your provider of any recent travel or contact with travellers.
Why? Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also help to prevent possible spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.
IF YOU ARE CONCERNED YOU HAVE THE CORONAVIRUS OR HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH ANYONE WHO MAY HAVE THE VIRUS, PLEASE CONTACT 111 IMMEDIATELY. PLEASE CANCEL ANY APPOINTMENTS YOU MAY HAVE WITH OUR CLINIC UNTIL YOU HAVE BEEN REASSURED OR TESTED NEGATIVE FOR THE VIRUS.