HCC issues coronavirus advice for elderly and vulnerable

Hand washing prevents spread of coronavirus

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The County Council is reiterating practical steps people can take to reduce the severity of Coronavirus (COVID-19) among elderly and vulnerable groups.

Hampshire County Council’s Director of Public Health, Simon Bryant, said:

“I know people have particular concerns at this time for the elderly and those with long term health conditions.

“I would urge everyone to increase and enhance the same precautions they would take to keep themselves safe and well during flu season, with an emphasis on following the hygiene advice – particularly hand washing often and for 20 seconds.  We can also help the elderly and vulnerable in our families and communities to be prepared by making sure they have supplies of their usual medication and day-to-day items.”

Advice for elderly and vulnerable residents, their families, friends and communities:

Get ready now for coronavirus

Have supplies on hand

– usual medication, household and personal items

– medical supplies to treat fever and other symptoms

Have a phone contact ready in case you need extra help

Stay in touch with family and friends

Try to remain fit and healthy – carry on with your usual health and fitness routine

Be prepared to self-isolate if you feel unwell:

– If you have symptoms (persistent cough and / or high temperature) stay at home and do not leave your house for seven days

Take everyday precautions

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Take everyday preventive actions
  •  Wash your hands often and with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, using the toilet, before handling food or having been in a public place.
    If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • As far as possible, avoid touching surfaces in public places, such as handrails and door handles, but if you do, wash your hands as soon as possible afterwards
  • Avoid touching your face – eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands
  • Coughing or sneezing into a bent elbow or tissue and disposing of the tissue in a bin immediately afterwards
    Follow Catch It, Bin It, Kill It advice
  • Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: particularly frequently touched surfaces such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, etc
  • Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces.

Visiting elderly or vulnerable friends and family

When you have visitors to your home, maintain social distancing and avoid personal contact by greeting each other with a wave, nod or a bow
Ask visitors to observe good hygiene habits in your home – such as washing their hands when they arrive and coughing into a tissue
When you have travelled on public transport, follow the same precautions and hygiene advice as you would at home
Use reliable sources for up to date information
If you, or someone you know, feels unwell with possible COVID-19 symptoms:

Use the online NHS 111 service https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 or call NHS 111 if you need to speak to someone

For more information, go to: www.hants.gov.uk/coronavirus