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The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
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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

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  • 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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Mar 2016
Is there a link between MS and vitamin D deficiency?

It seems to be particularly a Scottish problem concerning multiple sclerosis(MS). In the south of England there were 140 reported cases per 100,000 in 2010 whereas in Orkney there were 402. One theory is our latitude. The further north you live the less UVB light is available to make vitamin D on your skin. Another interesting statistic is that the highest prevalence of MS in Scotland is in people born in April and May whereas in Australia there are more MS sufferers with birthdays in December and January.

It is thought this is because less vitamin D is produced by the mother in the winter months with a reduction in availability for the growing baby. This again points to the link with sunshine and vitamin D during the pregnancy. Lots of research shows if you have a genetic disposition to MS then lack of vitamin D is definitely a factor. That is why I recommend taking vitamin D supplements for most people and particularly MS families. If you are interested in hearing more about vitamin D and how it relates to lots of diseases then come along to the Edinburgh Science Festival ‘In need of sunshine’ slot Tuesday March 28th at 5.30pm

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