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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

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

Reducing the spread of infection in the home

• Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
• Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are unavailable – children under 12months should not use sanitiser.
• 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 straight away and wash your hands afterwards
• Clean objects and surfaces you touch often, like door handles, kettles and phones, using your regular cleaning products
• Clean a shared bathroom each time you use it, for example by wiping the surfaces you have touched. You must always stay at least 2 metres (6 feet) away from other people if you go out.
• You must wash your hands as soon as you get home.
• If you live in an area with local restrictions in place because of higher transmission of COVID-19, you should follow the advice for your area.
• Those 5years and over must wear a face covering on public transport, in shops and supermarkets, and all other public places where you are required to do so by law.
• You should limit the number of people you see socially, always trying to stay 2 metres away from people you do not live with or who are not in your ‘support bubble’.

As of the 23 September households are not allowed to meet in people’s homes.

Please see below the restrictions placed on public indoors and outdoor environments:

• People are allowed to meet outdoors with a maximum of six people, and they should come from no more than two households.
• Children under the age of 12 are currently exempt from the limit of 6 or two households as well as the number of people they can meet outdoors and do not need to physically distance.
• 12-17 year olds can meet in groups no larger than 6 with no household limit, physical distancing is still required.
• Exceptions are put in place for those living alone, or alone with children, who form extended households, for couples in non-cohabiting relationships, for the provision of informal childcare by for example grandparents and for tradespeople.

“Stay safe, Protect others, Save lives”   

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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