13 Mar 2020

Covid19 – Updated Measures

We’ve been requested to pass on the additional measures announced by the Government yesterday. Please read and follow this advice. 
The first two paragraphs are worth repeating in this post:

It is important to reduce the risk of further spread of the infection.

Self-isolate: People are now being asked to stay at home if they have ‘flu-like symptoms (for example, fever, cough and so on) regardless of travel or contact history.

Social Interactions: Reduce interactions with people outside the workplace as much as possible.

All citizens are required to:

  • avoid crowded places
  • increase interpersonal distance (ideally separation of at least 2 metres, not shaking hands, avoiding communal sleeping areas)
  • when in crowded settings, people should practice personal protective measures as they usually do (for example, frequent hand hygiene, avoid touching eyes/nose/mouth)

Vulnerable Groups

Protective self-separation is recommended for a person who is at high-risk of severe illness from COVID-19, when the virus is circulating in their community.

These groups include:

  • all people aged 75 years and over
  • people (adults and children) with long-term medical conditions including people with cardiac and respiratory conditions
  • people whose immune system is impaired due to disease or treatment including cancer patients
  • patients with any condition that can compromise respiratory function
  • residents of nursing homes and other long-stay settings (including disability, mental health and older persons services)
  • all over 50-year olds within the specialist disability health services
  • all people in the specialist disability health services with an underlying health condition