As COVID-19 continues to affect us all, it's important to follow social distancing guidelines and practice good hygiene to help prevent the spread of the virus.
Even as more people get vaccinated and government restrictions ease, it's important that you and your family keep up with good hygiene practices to boost your protection from infections. Check here for the latest government Coronavirus guidelines.
To help you find what you need, we've put together all of our COVID-19 essentials in this section. For more advice and guidance, check out our Coronavirus guides.
If you know you are going to be in an enclosed space, such as a shop or train, the government has advised that you wear a face mask.
This is because you will be in contact with people who are not in your household, in an environment where social distancing isn’t possible and face masks are useful to help prevent the spread of the virus from person to person.
Similarly, advice published by the World Health Organisation (WHO) states that anyone who is coughing or sneezing or looking after a person with COVID-19, should wear a face mask.
It is said that sharing is caring, but no one will thank you for sharing a potentially deadly disease.
Wearing PPE is not 100% guaranteed to prevent you from catching the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
However, it has been shown to reduce your chances of contracting the virus by reducing potential contact with airborne droplets and contaminated surfaces, which can both spread COVID-19.
Although there is no absolutely guaranteed way to keep yourself from catching Coronavirus, wearing PPE is considered best practice for those who are at high risk from coming into contact with the virus.
In order to help prevent the spread of infection during the COVID-19 pandemic, all health and social care workers should be wearing appropriate PPE, especially during aerosol generating procedures (AGPs).
However, anyone who will not be able to reliably observe social distancing in the workplace may want to wear PPE to help protect themselves at this time.
For example, supermarket staff who regularly come into contact with the general public may benefit from wearing PPE masks and gloves when they work.
The ‘Hands. Face. Space’ campaign was implemented on the 9th September 2020 and aims to curb the spread of coronavirus by encouraging us all to remember three of the most important pieces of advice that have been issued during the pandemic:
These 3 simple tasks are just small changes to our daily life, but they can have big positive effects.
Through remembering ‘Hands. Face. Space.’ we can help to stop the rising infection rates, prevent transmission to those around us and help to keep ourselves, our families and our friends safe.
We understand that things are a bit confusing at the moment, so we have developed this straightforward guide that tells you everything you need to know about this new campaign and how you can use it to keep yourself and others safe.
A high temperature, also known as a fever, is one of the earliest and most noticeable symptoms of COVID-19.
A normal temperature is usually around 37° Celcius, although this can vary slightly from person to person.
When you have a high temperature, you'll usually be 38° Celcius or over.
If your fever is a symptom of Coronavirus, you'll usually be able to feel that you're warmer than usual when you touch your chest or back, and may not need a thermometer to test this.
it’s common to lose your sense of smell after having a virus or upper respiratory tract infection, and as COVID-19 (also known as Coronavirus) is a viral infection it may also cause post-infectious loss of smell.
A recent press release from ENT UK and the British Rhinological Society tells us that,
“Post-viral anosmia is one of the leading causes of loss of sense of smell in adults, accounting for up to 40% cases of anosmia.
Viruses that give rise to the common cold are well known to cause post-infectious loss, and over 200 different viruses are known to cause upper respiratory tract infections.”
It goes on to state,
“Previously described coronaviruses are thought to account for 10-15% cases.
It is therefore perhaps no surprise that the novel COVID-19 virus would also cause anosmia in infected patients.”