The Covid19 or corona virus pandemic is a global crisis that will have far reaching impact for years to come.
The primary advice is to stay at home and to wash your hands often. This will help to suppress the virus so that our NHS can cope.
There is a lot of misinformation being shared on social media and using apps like Whatsapp and even with fraudulent people knocking on doors pretending to offer help. Please only take advice directly from official sources like the NHS, BBC or your MP or local councillors.
Stay at home
There are now only 4 reasons to leave your home:
- Shopping for basic necessities
- One form of exercise a day
- Medical need - including helping another vulnerable person
- travelling to work only when absolutely necessary.
If you wish to offer help to the vulnerable or if you require help yourself, we and the local council are partnering with Communities First who manually interview and check the ID of every volunteer, ensuring they have DBS checks where necessary.
You can sign up to volunteer here: https://www.communities1st.org.uk/COVID-19-community-signup
You can request support here: http://www.communities1st.org.uk/COVID19support
We have produced some advice guides:
- "Outdoor protocols" or advice for when you're outside the home
- "Covid19 - a guide for for teens and young people"
Finally, our local MP, Daisy Cooper is providing regular updates via her newsletter. You can sign up to receive that newsletter here - [SIGNUP].
Please remember to only take advice direct from sources you know you can trust. Just because someone you know shares a message that claims to be from a nurse or from an organisation does not mean that it has come from that source originally. Use the NHS, an official news source like the BBC or the websites of your elected representatives.