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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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Aug 2014
Staying safe in the sun
Sunburn and the long term consequences of overexposure to the sun can largely be avoided by taking some simple precautions. First, let’s look at understanding sunscreens. Understanding Sun Protection Skin needs to be protected from both UVB and UVA rays, and all sun protection products should be clearly labelled with both an SPF and star rating. SPF stands for sun protection factor. The higher the SPF number, the better the protection from burning UVB rays. A high SPF of 50 is recommended for children at all times. For adults, a high SPF of at least 30 is recommended, particularly when first exposed to the sun, and for fair skinned people who do not tan easily. An SPF of at least 15 is recommended at all other times. Total Sunblock should be used on exposed and sensitive areas such as the nose, ears and lips. The star rating system indicates the level of a product's protection against UVA rays in relation to its protection against UVB rays. Although sunscreens with a high SPF factor allow a person to stay in the sun for longer, it does mean that the person is exposed to more UVA rays. This means the higher the SPF, the more UVA protection is needed to achieve the same amount of stars. So an SPF 30 sunscreen with three stars will have more UVA protection than an SPF 15 sunscreen with four stars. To protect skin from ageing and wrinkling, a product with at least four stars should be used. Useful Tips Stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm, especially infants and children. The sun is at its most dangerous around this time of day, whatever the weather. Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses with UV protection and a cotton t-shirt. Take extra care with children. Keep babies under one year of age out of the sun completely. Toddlers and older children should wear protective clothing such as t-shirts and a hat even when swimming, and should be encouraged to play in the shade. Use a sunscreen with a SPF50 for babies and children all of the time. For adults, start with a high SPF product on the first days of the holiday and, if you want to do so, gradually reduce the SPF rating as the natural tan develops. Use a sunscreen with a SPF of at least 15 and at least a 3 star UVA rating on areas which cannot be covered. Reapply sunscreen liberally and frequently, particularly if you are swimming or sweating excessively. Never allow your skin to burn. Avoid use of sun lamps and sun beds; use fake tans instead. If sunburnt, take a cool shower and later cover-up with loose, cotton clothes Make sure that everyone, especially babies and children, have plenty to drink to avoid the risk of dehydration. Edited from: SunSmart, Cancer Research UK's skin cancer information and sun protection advice web pages provide useful facts and advice on preventing sunburn and enjoying the sun safely. www.sunsmart.org.uk We have a large selection of sunscreens available in the shop and from our on-line shop at www.hopwoodspharmacy.co.uk
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