Coronavirus- a new phase of the virus
Latest updated Covid-19 statistics (27 Jul 2021) and the NEW Roadmap steps to freedom to removal of lockdown .
THE AVERAGE DAILY NUMBER OF NEW CASES IS NOW FALLING IN NOTTINGHAMSHIRE IN LINE WITH THE REST OF THE UK . OVER THE LAST 10 DAYS TO 27TH JULY THE NUMBER OF CASES HAS FALLEN BY 12% !!
The table shows the average number of daily new cases for Nottinghamshire per 100,000 population, over the 10 day periods in the table. We held our first Live Open meeting on 27th July.
WARNING – IF YOU HAVE HAD A COVID VACCINATION YOU MUST STILL KEEP SAFE BY wearing face masks when appropriate and keep social distancing because you may still catch the virus but the vaccine reduces significantly how ill you become. If you have the virus but don’t show any symptoms you may still pass the virus on. There is now considerable evidence that the vaccination reduces transmission of the virus.
RAPID TESTING KITS – You can now get a FREE Self test pack from your local testing centre or local Chemist. It tells you whether you have the Virus even if you don’t have symptoms. Its easy to do.
Watch this space for the 10 day situation on 7th July 2021.
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Cases per 100,000 pop’n
COHORT 6 VACCINATIONS these cover those with severe mental illness (Bipolar, Schizophrenia and any mental health condition which severely affects your life) and Carers
See the ‘Frequently Asked Questions: document Cohort 6 go-live – Frequently Asked Questions
Coronavirus Vaccination – what you need to know
- The two hospital hubs in Nottinghamshire who are currently dispensing the vaccine are Nottingham University Hospital and Kings Mill Hospital. Other hubs are being set up. Invitations for vaccinations to these centres are being made nationally.
- When GP practices start to be delivery centres only those registered by the practice will be invited so people must ensure they are registered with a GP. Call Centres (with interpreters) will be able to deal with questions from those who have received invites.
- The first priority has been those over 70 including nursing and care home staff, and those patients with very serious conditions which make them vulnerable to infections and now Cohort 6 which covers those with severe mental illness (SEE DETAIL OF COHORT 6 ABOVE)
- It will take a long time to get to the general population.
- Immunity to virus – even after 7 days after two jabs, there is not full immunity and patients need to observe Virus protection measures (social distancing and face masks) until the government says otherwise. Development of the vaccine only showed 95% immunity after 4 months of the pilot.
- A leaflet is available (FREE) from the Gov.UK link below which explains the 5 key points for women of child-bearing age in more detail: https://www.healthpublications.gov.uk/ViewArticle.html?sp=Scovid19vaccinationpregnancyleaflet
- Vaccine can only be issued by centres where it’s delivered to so can’t be delivered in people’s homes. For those who are housebound, transport is being arranged to get them to delivery points.
- It is not possible to say how long the roll-out of the programme to every age band will take. A large part of the timing will depend on availability of vaccine.
FREE local Lateral Flow testing is now available
Covid testing explained is a note explaining Coronavirus testing and how you can now access the FREE Lateral Flow testing kits.
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.
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|Social Distancing||Permitted Reasons||Carer Experiences|
|Self Care & Resources||Mental Health Specific advice||Benefits Advice|
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.
- 11 tips to cope with anxiety about coming out of lockdown NEW 27.7.21
- NEW Zoom Inspire and Carers Hub Poster July 2021 details starting 7th July about coping with life NEW 1.7.21
- Action July_2021Action Plan Jump Back Up NEW 29June 21
- Updated 28.6.21 NEW CRISIS SERVICE for Nottinghamshire https://www.turning-point.co.uk/services/mental-health/crisis-support/nottingham-crisis-sanctuaries
- ‘NHS Every Mind Matters‘ web site has lots of helpful advice on ‘Looking after your mental health’. NEW 14.10.20
- Covid-19 Testing – here is the web site for detail about getting a test if you think you are infected
- 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
- Universal Credits advice NEW 9.4.20
- Mental Health Foundation. Help and advice on looking after your mental health and well being when staying at home. NEW 4.4.20
- 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
- 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 simplified guide to the Coronavirus with images to help understand Coronavirus explained 29Mar20
- 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)
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:
- 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/
- 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.!!
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
Here is a link to the Universal Credits web site for help in getting benefits while the Coronavirus is around.
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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
SITUATION – Your 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)
WHAT ELSE SHOULD WE COVER ABOUT THE VIRUS Any ideas to Peter on the email link above.