Special Edition – CoronaVirus 24/03/2020

Boris Johnson and the UK government have brought in unprecedented powers and restrictions on people’s movements. The new guidelines are listed below 

Stay At Home To Stop Coronavirus Spreading

Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

This includes people of all ages – even if you do not have any symptoms or other health conditions.

You can only leave your home:

  • To shop for basic essentials – only when you really need to
  • To do one form of exercise a day – such as a run, walk or cycle, alone or with other people you live with
  • For any medical need – for example, to visit a pharmacy or deliver essential supplies to a vulnerable person
  • To travel to and from work – but only where this is absolutely necessary

These are strange times we are living in. The last time a global pandemic swept the globe was in 1918 during the Spanish flu epidemic which resulted in the deaths of between 17 and 50 million people. Now fortunately modern medicine and government intervention will stop us from experiencing such loss and instead of millions of dead it will likely be between 20,000 – 30,000 globally. However this depends on YOU! It is imperative you follow these rules  and stay at home and only leave for necessary reasons. 

The aim of these restrictions is to slow down the spread of COVID 19 and by slowing the spread, the NHS hopes to slow the stem of  the number of patients entering hospital. According to multiple sources we face a very real threat of becoming like Italy and seeing the daily death toll in the hundreds.  If this was seen in the UK there is also a threat of our health system reaching breaking point which would result in many more lives lost.

As of the 24th March 2020

  • Confirmed cases - 334,981
  • Confirmed deaths - 14,652
  • Countries, areas or territories with cases - 190

Other Measures You Can Take 

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitiser if soap and water are not available
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • Stay 2 metres (3 steps) away from other people, if you need to go outside

Who is at high risk?

You may be at high risk from coronavirus if you:

  • Have had an organ transplant
  • Are having certain types of cancer treatment
  • Have blood or bone marrow cancer, such as leukaemia
  • Have a severe lung condition, such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma
  • Have a condition that makes you much more likely to get infections
  • Are taking medicine that weakens your immune system
  • Are pregnant and have a serious heart condition

What To Do If You Have Symptoms 

Continue to stay at home if you have either:

  • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.

ITCC Locksmiths do remain open for callouts, our technicians are taking extra precautions such as wearing gloves and masks for the protection of everyone. 

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