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The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
  • New continuous cough and/or
  • High temperature
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste  

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness If you have coronavirus symptoms:
  • Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
  • You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home
  • Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home
  • Plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household
  • Ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
  • Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
  • If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999
  • Visit NHS 111 Online for more information

Stay at Home
  • If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (See ending isolation section below for more information)
  • If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill
  • It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
  • For anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period. (See ending isolation section below for more information
  • If you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
  • If you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible
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21
May 2016
How does your sunscreen technique measure up?
Does your sunscreen technique measure up? The British public is confused about how and when to apply sunscreen, suggests a survey carried out by the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) to mark this year’s Sun Awareness Week. Does your sunscreen technique measure up? Eight out of 10 of us don’t apply sunscreen before going out in the sun and then shortly afterwards, and seven out of 10 don’t reapply sunscreen every two hours, as recommended. “Sunscreens are an important part of good sun safety practices, though they must be applied properly for them to be effective,” advises Jonathan Major of the BAD. “Applying liberally half an hour before going out into the sun, and then again shortly after going outside, is vital to ensure that you are fully covered and that the sunscreen has had time to be absorbed into the skin. “It should then be reapplied at least every two hours, as the protective filters can break down over time. It should also be reapplied after any activity where it might be accidentally removed, such as swimming. Water-resistant sunscreens are not friction-resistant, and therefore they can be accidentally removed if you towel dry after swimming or sweating.” According to Major, the survey’s results show just how widely sunscreens are not being used properly by the British public. And while many people now realise there’s a link between sunburn and skin cancer, there is still a lack of awareness about the correct way to use sunscreen. Skin cancer, says the BAD, is the most common cancer in the UK and rates have been climbing since the 1960s. Every year more than 250,000 new cases of non-melanoma skin cancer – the most common type – are diagnosed, in addition to more than 13,000 new cases of melanoma, resulting in around 2,148 deaths annually. To reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, here are some sun protection tips from the BAD: Spend time in the shade during the sunniest part of the day when the sun is at its strongest, which is usually between 11am and 3pm in the summer months. Avoid direct sun exposure for babies and very young children. When it is not possible to stay out of the sun, keeping yourself well covered, with a hat, T-shirt, and sunglasses can give you additional protection. Apply sunscreen liberally to exposed areas of skin. Re-apply every two hours and straight after swimming or towelling in order to maintain protection. Ask your local Careway pharmacy for advice on choosing a sunscreen product that would suit your skin type. Ruislip Manor Pharmacy - Member of the Careway
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