Coronavirus- a new phase of the virus

New resources (under Self Care updated 1st June 2020), updated Covid-19 statistics (20 September) and helpful information about the VIRUS  see below.

With the new phase of a sharp increase in reported Covid-19 cases, the Government is reporting more often the new areas where new Lockdown restrictions are being imposed. They use the measure of the number of cases per 100,000 population as the trigger point and when this level reaches 20 (as it did in Leicester which was the first case of re-introduction of Lockdown measures) restrictions are imposed.

I am now showing the level of Nottinghamshire cases as cases per 100,000 population since the lowest point at the end of June. Nottinghamshire has a population of about 1 million.

THE DAILY NUMBER OF NEW CASES IS STARTING TO RISE QUICKLY FROM THE BEGINNING OF SEPTEMBER!!

The table shows the average number of daily new cases for Nottinghamshire per 100,000 population, over the 10 day periods in the table. The average number of new cases has risen to 2.5 cases a day on average from 1 at the end of August. The number of cases per day  across England continues to rise to just over 2000 which has doubled since the end of August.

The threat is clearly still there. Watch this space.

Despite government pleas, many members of the public have descended on seaside resorts and beauty spots in the countryside, in great numbers,  regardless of the pressures they are placing on local communities and facilities. There are still 100’s of new cases daily so take care of your own safety

 

Avg daily new cases over 10 days at MONTH ENDING  

Jun

30

 

 

Aug

1

 

 

Aug

31

 

Sep

20

 

 

Notts

Cases per 100,000 pop’n

 

0.1

 

 

0.6

 

 

 

1.0

 

2.5

I hope you find this information helpful. If you want more information. You can get me on peter.robinson930@ntlworld.com 

 

Helpful information about the VIRUS

The Coronavirus/COVID-19 has changed our lives for the forseeable future so we provide information and advice which we hope will be helpful to you. There are many kinds of virus such as Flu but in this information we are talking about the 2019 virus which we shall call it ‘VIRUS’ for short. There is a leaflet CORONAVIRUS advice 5.3.20 Carers Council prepared by us which you can download which says more about the WHY of taking precautions listed below. The information here is as up to date as we can since we follow the daily government announcements. Use the links below to choose your topic and move down the page.

Symptoms of Coronavirus Basics of Protection Social Isolation
Social Distancing Permitted Reasons Carer Experiences
Self Care & Resources Mental Health Specific advice Benefits Advice

 

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF THE CORONAVIRUS

The following symptoms may develop in the 1 -2 weeks after exposure to someone who has the VIRUS infection: UPDATED 1.6.20

  • A persistent cough
  • A high temperature. Among adults, the average body temperature ranges from 97°F (36.1°C) to 99°F (37.2°C). Adults typically have a fever if their body temperature increases to 100.4°F (38°C). This is called a low grade fever. A high grade fever happens when your body temperature is 103°F (39.4°C) or above.
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

If you think you have these symptoms DO NOT GO TO YOUR GP or A&E or other health centre. Ring 111 for advice and keep isolated at home (See below for Isolation advice).

The latest advice and developments on the Covid-19 situation can be found on the Government web site at www.gov.uk/

 

THE BASICS OF PROTECTION

DO

  • Washing hands should already be part of your hygiene routines, BUT YOU NEED TO DO MORE NOW
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser, more often – do this for at least 20 seconds (As long as it takes to sing Happy Birthday!!). Sanitisers tend to dry out the hands so make sure you have good hand cream available (works for men and women) .
  • Wash your hands before you go out and before you eat
  • Always wash your hands when you get home or into work or after shopping or after using public transport
  • When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands which will then be contaminated)
  • Put used tissues in a covered bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

AVOID touching eyes, nose and mouth if your hands are not clean (washed as above) because hands touch many surfaces, particularly when you are out and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the VIRUS to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the VIRUS can enter your body and can make you sick.

 

GOING OUT AND SOCIAL ISOLATION

The Government has asked us all to stay at home as far as we can.We are allowed out for certain reasons (see below).

Those who are vulnerable because they have long term conditions such as Diabetes, Heart problems, Respiratory illness, and Cancer as examples, have lowered immune systems making them prone to being infected by viruses so they should isolate themselves at home or where they are being treated outside the NHS (such as the various kinds of care homes). The Government As far as they can they should arrange support for themselves. Organisations are being set up in Local Hubs to provide support to those who are finding it difficult to get support and those who are lonely (and in more danger than most of us, of getting depressed.) We are trying to get further details of these hubs and will provide those as they develop (see below).

Those who suspect they or family members have been infected by the Virus, or its worsening  should seek prompt medical attention. If it’s not an emergency, contact NHS 111 online.

ADVICE IF YOU ARE NOT USED TO USING A PROBLEM SOLVING ‘TICK BOX’ SYSTEM.

Using the NHS 111 online service takes the strain off the direct ‘NHS 111’ telephone line. If you use the NHS 111 online service you will find you are being asked a number of questions which the services need to know the answers to in order to help you get the service you need in your area. There is a link at the top of the first page in the YELLOW Coronavirus bar  which says’ Find out what you have to do if you have the symptoms‘. When you click this it takes you to a page where you are asked to ‘Check if you have Coronavirus symptoms’. After that you will be asked further questions about where you live and whether you are Male or Female and your age.  If by then you are confused or frustrated, stop and use the direct ‘111’ telephone service where you can speak to someone about your worries.

If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. If it is an emergency and you need to call an ambulance, dial 999 and inform the call handler or operator that you or your relative have Coronavirus symptoms.

All routine medical and dental appointments will have been cancelled by now but if not consider doing so whilst this pandemic lasts. If you are concerned or have been asked to attend in person within the period you are home isolating, discuss this with your medical contact first (for example, your GP, local hospital or outpatient service), using the number they have provided. If your concerns are related to your coronavirus symptoms contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111.

HOLIDAYS – If you have booked a holiday and have already paid a deposit or even paid in full, but you cant go now because of the VIRUS, then try this – it worked for me. I rang the holiday company to ask if they would move my holiday date to later in the year, which they did and it saved me money because the new date was out of season.!!

 

SOCIAL DISTANCING

When you are out, maintain at least 2 metres (6 feet) distance between yourself and anyone around you. Get used to doing this. The reason for this is that if you are close to a person who is infected and they are coughing or sneezing, they release fluid droplets into the air around them which you may inhale into your system and you will be infected. Even people who do not show the symptoms because the VIRUS may be incubating in their system may still pass across the infection to you .

If members of the same family live together , and one member of the family is infected by the VIRUS, that person should as isolated as possible in a different room, and family members should follow the Social Distancing advice at home as well as outside. More detailed advice on families dealing with infections at home and lots more, is available on the GOV web site 

 

PERMITTED REASONS FOR GOING OUT

You should only leave the house for one of four reasons:

  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
  • one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household.
  • any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
  • travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.

These four reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

 

BENEFITS ADVICE

Here is a link to the Universal Credits web site for help in getting benefits while the Coronavirus is around.

 

 

CARER SELF CARE

Resources – In this section you will find resources we find or get sent which may help you cope with whats going on right now. Mental health specific advice is below this section.

  • Some useful and friendly advice about the VIRUS aimed at those with Eating Disorders or caring for those with the condition, BUT is also useful for anybody else.  I tried it (Peter). See the ‘First Steps for Coping’ here  and Save it you want. Its FREE.
  • Useful advice on Coronavirus is here with 10 tips. It’s not repeated elsewhere on our site so have a look – its worth it – it was to me.(Peter)
  • A simplified  guide to the  Coronavirus  with images to help understand  Coronavirus explained 29Mar20
  • A Mind guide for those with mental health conditions and helping someone else with a mental health problem, plus many other topics. 3.4.20
  • A Gov.UK guide to Mental Health and Wellbeing for someone with a condition and anybody supporting them which is very practical and down-to-earth. 3.4.20
  • Mental Health Foundation. Help and advice on looking after your mental health and well being when staying at home. NEW 4.4.20
  • The Nottinghamshire Carers Hub have set up a Virtual Drop-in (computer based service). Download the leaflet here Carers Hub Virtual Drop In Poster      NEW 7.4.20
  • Universal Credits advice NEW 9.4.20
  • Seating exercises to do at home – you could do it to music – my wife and I use a CD ’25 years of Rock ‘N’ Roll, 1964′ but choose carefully. I love Cilla Black (Peter) NEW 14.4.20
  • Our new News-sheet 14 Apr 20 with some useful phone numbers if you are struggling to get support. NEW 15.4.20
  • Further mental health crisis support services in Nottingham NEW 17.4.20
  • Happy Calendar for June with lots of inspiration and activity to help you cope. Also previous month’s calendars. 1.6.20
  • Covid-19 Testing – here is the web site for detail about getting a test if you think you are infected

 

 

 

MENTAL HEALTH SPECIFIC ADVICE Peter, the WebMaster has looked at the NHS site mentioned below. He gives some comments. Get in touch if you want)

Hospital and Service User Services Advice

SITUATIONYour relative is in a Notts Healthcare Trust hospital – the Notts healthcare Trust phone lines are open Monday to Friday. The best place to get advice about contacting or visiting your loved one is to ring the Ward they are on or their Care Co-ordinator. The VIRUS is going to be around for a long time so if you dont have that information, get it at the first opportunity. Confidentiality rules should not get in the way of getting that information. If you are having trouble with that get in touch with us. See our Contacts page.

SITUATION – Your relative is being supported in the community by Trust staff – if you are worried about how your loved one is coping in this situation you should be able to discuss it with your loved one’s Care Co-ordinator. If you don’t have contact with that person or team then you need your loved one’s permission (particularly if they are on a Mental Health Section) to establish a link. To get that you will need to have a conversation with your loved one about how you can help them by having that team relationship and deal with any concerns they have about things like confidentiality. Once established (and you have contact details) you should be able to talk openly with the team, in confidence (they will not divulge the content of the conversation. Neither will they give you information about your loved one’s treatment without your loved one’s permission).See our Contacts page if you want help with that.

Mental Health & well-being Advice

There is a really good source of information on the NHS conditions web site.  This is a big site covering every health condition but there is a specific section on Mental Health & Wellbeing. Here is a bit about what it contains so you can aim for something specific to you or your loved one. Here are some of the main parts of the site. On the right of each part is a list of all the other parts you can click on.:

  • mental wellbeing audio guides
  • low mood & depression
  • anxiety control training
  • overcoming sleep problems
  • low confidence & assertiveness
  • unhelpful thinking
  • mood assessment – this is an 18 point questionnaire which is worth doing because you get a review at the end with pointers to advice on where you can get further help. I tried it.(Peter)

 

CARER EXPERIENCES updated 3.4.20

WORK – Peter’s son runs his own Dry Stone and Mortar Walling business, often in the countryside. This is his livelihood which helps farmers do their jobs – he cannot work from home and socially distances himself from his customers. Now some new customers are saying ‘we want you to do the work but not at the moment but get in touch when things ease up’. At least it’s work in the future.

SHOPPING

  • Sandra talks about her shopping experience “I managed to get another Tesco slot last night by logging in at 12 midnight exactly – had to queue, but got through eventually and got a slot.  I tried the other day at 12.15 a.m. and I couldn’t get through.”
  • Peter says that Sainsburys, Morrisons and Aldi all have systems of restricting shopper numbers through queues, and till control creating social distancing.
  • Colin says “‘Morrisons have screens at the checkouts to protect staff.”

 

QUESTIONS If you have any questions about what’s here so far or you want to give us a carer experience of coping with the VIRUS,  contact Peter our WebMaster at peter.robinson930@ntlworld.com

 

 

 

WHAT ELSE SHOULD WE COVER ABOUT THE VIRUS  Any ideas to Peter on the email link above.