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CORONAVIRUS

Symptoms

You should not leave your home if you have either:

• A high temperature (if you feel hot to touch on your chest or back)

• A new, continuous cough (coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours. If you usually have a cough, it may be worse than you are used to.)

• A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

The NHS recommends that those displaying symptoms do not go to a pharmacy, their GP or to hospital. Instead, they should use the online https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19.
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If you have symptoms, you should only call NHS24 (on 111 or 119) if you cannot get help online. 

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible:  https://www.nhsinform.scot/campaigns/test-and-protect

• Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.

• Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get your result.


Self-isolation

From Thursday 18 February 2021, anyone who is identified as a close contact of somebody who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) either as a close contact via the Protect Scotland app, or through manual contact tracing,  will be asked to get tested.  Those required to get tested will be provided with instructions on how to book a PCR test.

This does not replace self-isolation, and close contacts who test negative will still have to complete 10 days of self-isolation, as the virus’ incubation period means the risk of developing COVID-19 is only significantly reduced 10 days after exposure.

The measure is designed to find asymptomatic cases that would otherwise go undetected, as close contacts are at higher risk than the wider population, given their exposure to somebody with COVID-19.

If you have tested positive, contact tracers will:

• contact you by phone or text message – there’s no need to log in to a website
• ask you who you live with, who you have been physically close to recently and where you have been
• decide which of these people might be infected based on how long they spent with you and how physically close they were
• contact these people to tell them to isolate for 14 days 

https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19/test-and-protect/coronavirus-covid-19-contact-tracing

• You should not leave your house for 10 days and those who live with you for 14 days. 

https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19/test-and-protect/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-infection

On Monday 4 January 2021 it was announced that mainland Scotland was going into National Lockdown. There would be legal requirement to remain at home as much as possible during January from Tuesday 5 January 2021 for three weeks.

On Tuesday 19 January 2021 the First Minister announced that lockdown in mainland Scotland is to remain in place until the middle of February 2021. There will be another announcement on 2 February 2021 regarding any changes.

Vaccinations:

On 8 December 2020 the first person in Scotland received the first vaccine.

“Stay safe, Protect others, Save lives”   

The Scottish Government made the acronym FACTS, to remind people of how they can keep safe going forward:

Face coverings in enclosed spaces
Avoid crowded places
Clean your hands and surfaces regularly
Two-metre distancing
Self-isolate if you have symptoms

Try to keep 2 metres apart from people not in your own household.

More information is available on: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-what-you-can-and-cannot-do/

Test & Protect – Protect Scotland App

On 10 September 2020 the Scottish Government launched the Protect Scotland App.

It is available to download for free via Apple and Google stores.

For more information on the Protect Scotland app visit www.protect.scot

Coronavirus Antibody Test

Those living in Scotland can now register for an antibody test kit to check if you've had coronavirus, you can get a test if you are:

• 18 or over
• working in education (teaching and non-teaching staff)
• based in an early years education, primary, secondary or special school setting
 
An antibody test is a blood test to check if you’ve had coronavirus (COVID-19) before. You can register for an invite to get a test kit.

The antibody test is a home test kit sent to you in the post.

In Scotland, antibody testing is being used to help understand levels of previous COVID-19 infection in the population.

You may be invited to participate in testing again in the future. However, you should also be aware that signing up does not guarantee that you will receive a test, as we will be looking to select a representative sample.

https://www.gov.uk/register-coronavirus-antibody-test

COVID-19 Guidance for the Early Years Sector: Online Course

On 5 October 2020 Early Years Scotland created an online COVID-19 course for the sector. 

The benefit of this course is that it becomes a hub of information for all things COVID-19. The design of the course is such that the participants are presented with essential reading and also additional reading. Participants complete a quiz based on the essential reading. After completion of the online course, participants are signposted to complete an Open Badge held within the SSSC Open Badge Portal. The guidance and documents within the course are all live documents therefore hold current and up to date information, providing individuals with a ‘place to go’ when looking for information relating to COVID.

This is an online course, not a live event. Any dates/times you see refer to when the online course will go live and are not a timeframe for you to complete the course in. You can complete the course in your own time, we advise it will take around 3 hours to complete.

Within the booking area it does advise you to get in touch if you would like to take advantage of the bulk buy offer. The course prices are as follows:


EYS Member: £6
Non-member: £12

Non-member: £12


Bulk buy:
10+ 20% discount (based on member/non-member status) 
50-100 40% discount (based on member/non-member status)

100+ 50% discount (based on member/non-member status)

We believe that Managers and Head Teachers would welcome a resource such as this for their staff team as it gives reassurance that everyone is informed and have access to relevant and current information.


You can enrol on the online course here.

Scotland’s Five Tier Strategic Framework

The five-level strategic framework approach to suppress the  Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreaks across Scotland was published 23 October 2020 and will be put into place on 2 November 2020.

Postcode Checker

The Post Code Checker uses your postcode to inform you of the protection level in your area and what you can and cannot do. This can be done by entering a postcode in the link below.

https://www.gov.scot/check-local-covid-level/