Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice: Health advice
- How to protect yourself and others
- What to do if you feel unwell
- Guidance on shielding – protecting the extremely vulnerable
- Self-isolating health tips
- Sexual and reproductive health
- Substance Misuse Services (drugs and alcohol)
- Looking after your mental wellbeing
- Adult Social Care Support and Services during COVID-19
- Domestic Abuse / Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG)
- Help for children with SEND
We all need to practice social distancing to protect our friends, families and loved ones. Social distancing gives us a proactive opportunity to save lives through the actions we take right now that we will not have in a few weeks. It is a public health imperative. It is also our responsibility as a community to act while we still have a choice and while our actions can have the greatest impact.
Residents are advised to follow the government’s latest advice on staying at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus. This includes only leaving your home for one of the specified reasons, for example for essential shopping for food or medicine or to exercise once per day.
Protect yourself and others - video:
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- BSL coronavirus advice videos from Public Health England
- Easy Read advice and guidance on coronavirus (external link - PDF, 732KB)
Over the past few weeks, every local authority’s Public Health team has been working hard to produce local resources and advice on PPE.
These PPE quick reference guides have been developed in consultation with Public Health England and are designed to support local implementation of the national PPE guidance for frontline staff and managers (external link).
The guides cover a wide range of areas - they are available for download below:
- Adult Social Care (PDF, 336KB)
- Care Homes (PDF, 358KB)
- Children’s Residential Homes (PDF, 342KB)
- Children’s Social Care (PDF, 345KB)
- Cleaning Staff (PDF, 351KB)
- Cremation and Burials (PDF, 337KB)
- Enforcement Officers (PDF, 345KB)
- Hostels Staff (PDF, 341KB)
- Housing Officers and Property Visitors (PDF, 342KB)
- Refuse Collection Staff (PDF, 296KB)
- Registry Office Staff (PDF, 308KB)
- Substance Misuse Services Staff (PDF, 339KB)
- Transport Staff (PDF, 329KB)
- Unpaid Carers (PDF, 353KB)
- Volunteers (PDF, 325KB)
- Youth Offending (PDF, 349KB)
If you’re pregnant you are no more likely to contract the infection than the general population. If you are infected, you are most likely to have no symptoms or a mild illness from which you will make a full recovery.
As a precautionary measure it has been advised that pregnant women, especially those above 28 weeks’ gestation engage fully with social distancing measures to reduce the risk of infection.
If you develop severe symptoms or your recovery is delayed you should contact NHS 111 or your maternity unit for further information and advice.
To find out more about how your maternity care will change read the Your pregnancy and coronavirus leaflet (PDF, 3MB).
If you think you’re experiencing symptoms of coronavirus, do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy, or hospital. People who develop a fever or a cough, and all those who live in the same household, should follow the government’s latest self-isolation advice:
- Stay at home: guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection (external link)
- The NHS has some tips on self-isolation (external link)
Help is available for anyone who needs it, regardless of immigration status.
All residents are encouraged to take the following steps to avoid catching and spreading the virus:
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue if you cough or sneeze
- Put used tissues in a sealed bag. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste bin.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds often
- Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- Wash your hands after going outside
- Try to avoid close contact with unwell people
- If your hands are not clean, you should not touch your eyes, nose or mouth
Please check Government advice (external link) to obtain the most recent information.
Should I still call 999 or go to hospital if I'm worried about my health?
While everyone is being told to stay at home, it can be hard to know what to do if you’re unwell. It's still important to get medical help if you need it.
Whether or not you have coronavirus symptoms, it's essential to dial 999 if you have symptoms that could be a heart attack (external link), stroke (external link), or any other non-COVID-19 related emergency. Parents of young children, pregnant women or those worried about cancer must still contact their GP and go to hospital if they are told to.
Don't delay because you think hospitals are too busy - the NHS still has systems in place to treat people for non-COVID-19 related emergencies. If you delay, it is possible things can get worse meaning you may need intensive care and have to stay longer in hospital.
Can I still contact my GP as I normally would?
Yes, it is really important that you contact your GP as you normally would for any issues. GP practices are open for business and are making sure their services are safe for non-COVID-19 patients.
If you, or someone you support is extremely vulnerable, there are steps you need to take in order to effectively shield yourself and others from coronavirus (COVID-19).
Shielding is a measure to protect people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from coronavirus. This means staying home and avoiding face-to-face interaction between those who are extremely vulnerable and others for at least 12 weeks.
Visits from people who provide essential support, such as healthcare, personal support with daily needs or social care should continue. All people coming to your home should wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds on arrival, and wash often while they are there.
Who needs to shield?
People with serious underlying health conditions are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) and are, therefore, clinically extremely vulnerable. It is strongly advised that they rigorously follow shielding measures in order to keep themselves safe.
People who have a condition listed below should always practice shielding:
- Solid organ transplant recipients.
- People with specific cancers or those who are undergoing active cancer treatment.
- People who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs.
- People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe COPD.
- People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID, homozygous sickle cell).
- People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection.
- Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired.
Find out more about shielding and conditions of being clinically extremely vulnerable on the GOV.UK website (external link).
Most of us are now self-isolating. It can be tough, so try these tips to help you through it.
- Stay connected with friends, family or volunteer groups. Even when you cannot have face-to-face contact, a friendly voice can be a huge boost to your day
- Listen to your body. During stressful times, or periods of illness, we need to make sure we are well rested and hydrated
- Equally, it is important to stay active – try some online work out sessions, yoga, or going for a walk (while following social distancing guidelines)
- If you are struggling during social isolation, please contact The Samaritans anytime for free on: 116 123 or by visit The Samaritans website (external link)
- Use this free time to take up something you’ve never had the time to do before – this could be anything from baking to painting to taking online classes
- Make sure you are still getting fresh air regularly – sit outside if you can (in your garden or on your doorstep), or keep your windows open during the day
- Keep your immediate environment clean and tidy – this will make it easier for you to be productive, work from home, and maintain a sense of organisation
- Another way to feel organised is to try to stick to a routine – it might be difficult to get up and get ready in the mornings but doing this will make you feel a lot better!
Although there are some changes to normal services, Haringey residents of all ages can access a range of services to support their sexual and reproductive health during this time.
Our substance misuse services are committed to continuing to provide high level support during this challenging period. All services will continue to take self referrals and referrals from professionals, families, friends and carers.