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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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Feb 2016
Zika Virus

Q: I’m supposed to be going to Brazil in March. What doyou advise concerning the Zika virus?

A. The Zika virus is transmitted by the aedes mosquito which is prevalent in Brazil. If you are female who is or could become pregnant then the advice is to postpone your trip. There has been a large increase in the number of abnormal births particularly concerning babies where the brain has not fully formed called microcephaly. Although Brazilian Authorities have said they are exterminating the mosquito it is still very important if you are traveling to that area to use repellents. I recommend a 50% Deet preparation which is effective without causing skin irritation. You must apply the repellent during the day and particularly in the evening. It is also recommended that you cover your arms and legs using loose clothing and mosquito nets at night. If you do contract the virus then the symptoms tend to be mild fever, joint pain, itching, red eyes and headache. It is not advisable to take ibuprofen in the case of increased bleeding. Paracetamol is medicine of choice. If you are going to an area where malaria prevention medication is recommended, then we at New Life Pharmacy can provide advice and medication without the need to see your doctor. Just call in Pharmacy.

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