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Council issues practical coronavirus advice for elderly and vulnerable in Hampshire

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Council issues practical coronavirus advice for elderly and vulnerable in Hampshire

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 6:00am 16th March 2020.

Hampshire County Council has shared practical steps people can take to reduce the severity of coronavirus among elderly and vulnerable groups.

The 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.”

The following advice is from Hampshire County Council:

Advice for elderly and vulnerable residents, their families, friends and communities:

Get ready now

  • Have supplies on hand such as 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 (persistent cough and / or high temperature) stay at home and do not leave your house for seven days

Take everyday precautions

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Take everyday preventive actions:
    • Wash your hands often and with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, using the toilet, before handling food or having been in a public place
    • 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
  • Ask visitors to observe good hygiene habits in your home – such as washing their hands when they arrive and coughing into a tissue
  • When you have travelled on public transport, follow the same precautions and hygiene advice as you would at home
  • Use reliable sources for up to date information

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.

Find more information and advice about coronavirus here.