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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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Jan 2014
BBC Radio Scotland-Are vitamins a waste of money?

I was recently on Radio Scotland where I was arguing the case that we probably do need to take some vitamins and minerals in order to receive all our nutritional needs. If you are like me then I buy my food from a supermarket. If it is imported and particularly if it is out of season then, with the time lag it will have lost some of it's nutritional value. Vitamin C for example degrades in transit and then, when the fruit or vegetable is cooked, we actually destroy the remaing vitamin. Similarly with enzymes.

Minerals such as selenium are sadly lacking in modern soils so supplementing with trace minerals may have to be an option. But vitamin D is probably the one vitamin we must take in Scotland certainly. We get about 90% of our vitamin D by exposing our skin to the sun. Lena Zgaga and colleagues conducted a large trial in Edinburgh in 2011 and found over 80% of the Scottish people were vitamin D defficient. We can only make vitamin D from sun between April and October. during the winter months the sun is not high enough in the sky. If you add to that the number of rainy days it is obvious that wwe need to supplement. For different vitamin D supplements available see our websitewww.newlifehealthcare.co.uk

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