Sunday, 15 March 2020

Tips for the deaf (Coronavirus).

Do NOT take any notice of advice UNLESS it comes from a validated source, i.e. the government, or the health services. Also deaf need to take care as scammers are visiting elderly offering to do their shopping for them, then disappearing with the money!

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Stay at home advice.

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.

These pages are for the public. There is coronavirus information for health professionals on the NHS England website.

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms
Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly
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.

Read our advice about staying at home.

Urgent advice:Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
your condition gets worse
your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
Use the 111 coronavirus service
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

How coronavirus is spread
Because it's a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person.

Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.

It's very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food.

How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus
wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds

always wash your hands when you get home or into work

use hand sanitiser gel 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 try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell


do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Travel advice
There are some countries and areas where there's a higher chance of coming into contact with someone with coronavirus.

If you're planning to travel abroad and are concerned about coronavirus, see advice for travellers on GOV.UK.

Treatment for coronavirus.

There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus.

Antibiotics do not help, as they do not work against viruses.

Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the illness.

You'll need to stay in isolation, away from other people, until you have recovered.

ATR says much advice is subject to an immediate change, so keep yourself updated from official sources ONLY.  Do not rely on advice from social media.  There needs to be clarification as of yesterday 14/3/2020 they are suggesting elderly over 65-70 and vulnerable may have to stay at home for anything up to a month but are unclear on how they will be supported.  There is confusion self-isolation will prevent infection as after self-isolation and outside there is still no cure.

They appear to suggest the health systems will be overrun and hoping the communities will rally round and offer support, but community care and indeed community itself is very fragmented at this time do we even know who the next-door neighbour is? or, if they are elderly and at risk?  Would they help out if you knew they HAD the virus?  as given advice is to avoid.   Those at risk need some reassurance from central government how we are all to proceed.  are those at risk to be just left?

It would also help if shopping areas held 'elderly hours' shopping so that those most at risk can get what they need, they are currently being denied by panic-stricken selfish people less at risk than they are who are clearing shelves of essential goods

ATR says deaf are still experiencing difficulties contacting the state advice helpline, which they say is often not answering calls, and, many deaf cannot access.