What to do if someone catches coronavirus

The following guidance is taken from the government advice on protecting those more at risk or especially vulnerable.

“If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature above 37.8 °C and/or new and continuous cough), seek clinical advice using the NHS 111 online coronavirus service or call NHS111 if you don’t have internet access. In an emergency, call 999 if you are seriously ill. Do not visit the GP, pharmacy, urgent care centre or a hospital. Do this as soon as you get symptoms.

To help the NHS provide you with the best care if you need to go to hospital as a result of catching coronavirus, we ask that you prepare a single hospital bag. This should include your emergency contact, a list of the medications you take (including dose and frequency), any information on your planned care appointments and things you would need for an overnight stay (snacks, pyjamas, toothbrush, medication and so on). If you have an advanced care plan, please include that.”

This video from the BBC is good advice on how to tell the difference between coronavirus and a standard cough or cold

If you have milder symptoms you will need to follow the 7 day quarantine period (or 14 day quarantine period if you share your home with other people).

If you do have to go into hospital make sure you know your rights. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) issued some guidance on who would get treatment in the case of restricted availability of beds. Initially it was very concerning for disabled people as it was based on a Critical Frailty Score normally used only for older people. Many younger disabled people were concerned that they may be denied treatment because of it. NICE have now issued new, revised guidance which makes it clear that it should used more subjectively and not in respect of certain younger people or people with long-term static conditions. You might want to make clear to your relatives and carers what your wishes are if you do get ill. We imagine it’s probably that you want to live!

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