Hampshire County Council’s Director of Public Health, Simon Bryant, said: “I know people have particular concerns at this time for the elderly and those with long term health conditions.
“I would urge everyone to increase and enhance the same precautions they would take to keep themselves safe and well during flu season, with an emphasis on following the hygiene advice – particularly hand washing often and for 20 seconds. We can also help the elderly and vulnerable in our families and communities to be prepared by making sure they have supplies of their usual medication and day-to-day items.”
Get ready now
Have supplies on hand:
- usual medication, household and personal items
- medical supplies to treat fever and other symptoms
Have a phone contact ready in case you need extra help
Stay in touch with family and friends
Try to remain fit and healthy – carry on with your usual health and fitness routine
Be prepared to self-isolate if you feel unwell:
- If you have symptoms (new persistent cough and / or high temperature) stay at home and do not leave your house for seven days
Take everyday precautions
- If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- As far as possible, avoid touching surfaces in public places, such as handrails and door handles, but if you do, wash your hands as soon as possible afterwards
- Avoid touching your face – eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands
- Coughing or sneezing into a bent elbow or tissue and disposing of the tissue in a bin immediately afterwards
- Follow Catch It, Bin It, Kill It advice
- Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: particularly frequently touched surfaces such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, etc
- Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces.
Visiting elderly or vulnerable friends and family
When you have visitors to your home, maintain social distancing and avoid personal contact by greeting each other with a wave, nod or a bow
If you, or someone you know, feels unwell with possible COVID-19 symptoms:
- Use the online NHS 111 service or call NHS 111 if you need to speak to someone
For more information, go to: www.hants.gov.uk/coronavirus