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WHAT TO DO IF UNWELL

HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND OTHERS

MAKE SURE THAT SOMEONE KNOWS

Only Use the NHS 111 Telephone Service IF

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Only call 111 if you cannot get help from NHS 111 online

To help prevent infecting others, do not visit your GP clinic or hospital. 

Medical Emergencies:  If you have a medical emergency and need to call 999, notify the operator that you have, or are being evaluated for coronavirus (COVID-19).  If possible, put on a face mask before the emergency services arrive.

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Call 999 if you have a medical emergency

 

If you have a medical emergency and need to call 999, notify the operator that you have, or are being evaluated for coronavirus.  If possible, put on a face mask before the emergency services arrive.

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Stay at home Except to get Medical Care

Stay at home: if you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (See Ending Isolation section for more information).

This action will help protect others in your community whilst you are infectious.

Getting help: plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home.

Ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home.

Keep your distance distance: stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people in your home whenever possible.

Sleep alone, if that is possible.

Stay away:  Keep away from vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions as much as possible.

Avoid public areas:  Do not go to work, school, or public areas.

Avoid visitors: Do not invite visitors and ask people to leave deliveries outside.

Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transport, sharing rides, or taking taxis.

Wash:  You should wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water.

Drink plenty of water and take everyday painkillers, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, to help with your symptoms

Medical help:  You do not need to call NHS111 to go into self-isolation.

If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days then contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111.

For a medical emergency dial 999.

Further more detailed information about self-isolation can be found on UK Government’s online publications by clicking HERE

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Ending Isolation

You should remain at home until 7 days after the onset of your symptoms. After 7 days, if you feel better and no longer have a high temperature, you can return to your normal routine. If you have not had any signs of improvement and have not already sought medical advice, you should contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111.

Cough may persist for several weeks in some people, despite the coronavirus infection having cleared. A persistent cough alone does not mean you must continue to self-isolate for more than 7 days.

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Monitor your symptoms

Seek medical attention: Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing).

Call your doctor: Before seeking care, call your GP and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for coronavirus.

Wear a facemask when sick: Put on a face mask before you enter the GP’s clinic. These steps will help the clinic to keep other people in the office or waiting room from getting infected or exposed.

Alert the NHS: Call the NHS 111 helpline. People who are placed under active monitoring or facilitated self-monitoring should follow instructions provided by their local GP clinic or occupational healthcare professionals, as appropriate.

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Wear a face mask if you are sick

If you are sick: You should wear a face mask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) or pets and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.

If you are caring for others: If the person who is sick is not able to wear a face mask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then people who live with the person who is sick should not stay in the same room with them, or they should wear a face mask if they enter a room with the person who is sick.

GET WELL SOON!