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The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
  • New continuous cough and/or
  • High temperature
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste  

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness If you have coronavirus symptoms:
  • Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
  • You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home
  • Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home
  • Plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household
  • Ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
  • Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
  • If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999
  • Visit NHS 111 Online for more information

Stay at Home
  • If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (See ending isolation section below for more information)
  • If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill
  • It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
  • For anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period. (See ending isolation section below for more information
  • If you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
  • If you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible
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Jul 2014
Antibiotic resistance is a global problem-what is the answer?

Antibiotic resistance is a global problem-what is the answer? I was on Radio Scotland recently talking about the antibiotic crisis. I gave a questionnaire to my local g.p,'s asking them about pressure they had been under from patient demands and also whether they were following the guidelines on antibiotic prescribing e.g. there are guidelines on how long the course should be and at what dosage. I monitored their prescribing for one week then gave them all the information and audited them one month later. First of all their prescribing was largely in line with the guidelines but they argued that some of the treatment lengths were not long enough and patients came back again. I also talked about a campaign run by Greater Glasgow Health Board about the fact that 80% of sore throats are viral and therefore antibiotics don't work. I was talking at a Health Board Conference and asked members of the audience to raise their hands if they were aware of the campaign and almost every hand went up. We all must use antibiotics only when necessary. Generally, sore throats can be treated with pain killers and sprays that make the throat feel more comfortable. Bed rest and fluids will help you fight a viral infection quicker. If you do get an antibiotic it is impoerative that you finish the course. Not finishing the course can mean that resistance builds up. Lets hope that pharmaceutical companies can come up with a new generation of antibiotics but meantime lets use the ones we've got appropriately and correctly.

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