It is vitally important at this time that we all take our responsibilities seriously to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
The government have given us clear guidance on self-isolation and social distancing, and the differences between them.
Staying at home if you have symptoms of the coronavirus, or someone you live with has symptoms.
The NHS guidance can be found here.
Government guidance on household isolation can also be found here.
Social distancing refers to the government advice (click here) to put measures in place that means you reduce social interactions between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). This is intended for people living in their own homes, but you can also find guidance if you live in a residential care setting.
The most recent advice on how to limit the spread of COVID-19 is clearly outlined, but with a proliferation of potential sources to read, it can be hard to know which advice is trust worthy, so we advise that you stick to official government web pages, and the NHS website, as we have done below.
Latest advice from the government is:
If children can safely stay at home, they should do so, to help limit the spread of the virus. Exceptions are:
- Vulnerable children (those under child protection, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, those supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, children with need plans, disabled children and children with education, health and care (EHC) plans.
- Children whose parents have jobs critical to the COVID-19 response, such as those in health and social care, and other key sectors: key public services, local and national government, food and other necessary goods, public safety and national security, transport, utilities, communication and financial services.
As ever, we hope that you are keeping yourselves safe, and taking the necessary precautions to look after those around you as well.