As you will already be aware, the UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK from low to moderate.
We are closely monitoring guidance, and are working with school leaders to draft internal procedures to help us react quickly should there be a widespread outbreak of coronavirus.
We will keep you updated on further developments, but for now, here are some things that you can do to help (taken from Coronavirus: action plan. A guide to what you can expect across the UK):
- follow public health authorities’ advice, for example on hand washing
- reduce the impact and spread of misinformation by relying on information from trusted sources, such as that on nhs.uk/ , www.nhsinform.scot, www.publichealth.hscni.net, https://gov.wales/coronavirus-covid-19 and www.gov.uk/
- check and follow the latest FCO travel advice when travelling and planning to travel ensuring you and your family’s vaccinations are up to date as this will help reduce the pressure on the NHS/HSCNI through reducing vaccine-preventable diseases
- check on elderly or vulnerable family, friends and neighbours
- use NHS 111 (or NHS 24 in Scotland or NHS Direct Wales) (including online, where possible), pharmacies and GPs responsibly, and go to the hospital only when you really need to. This is further explained on the NHS website – nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/urgent-and-emergencycare/when-to-go-to-ae/ and http://www.choosewellwales.org.uk/home
- be understanding of the pressures the health and social care systems may be under, and receptive to changes that may be needed to the provision of care to you and your family.
- accept that the advice for managing COVID-19 for most people will be self-isolation at home and simple over the counter medicines
- check for new advice as the situation changes.