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The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
  • New continuous cough and/or
  • High temperature
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste  

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness If you have coronavirus symptoms:
  • 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
  • Plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household
  • Ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
  • Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
  • If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999
  • Visit NHS 111 Online for more information

Stay at Home
  • If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (See ending isolation section below for more information)
  • If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill
  • It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
  • For anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period. (See ending isolation section below for more information
  • If you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
  • If you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible
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Sep 2015
What to do about head lice?
Hello, this months post will be about Head lice. We will include some basic information on Head lice and how it can be treated. Head lice are generally spread via head to head contact as they cannot swim, fly or jump. The simply climb from a infected head to another. All types of hair can be affected and it has nothing to do with how clean the hair is. Head lice can only affect humans so it cannot be spread to animals. Head lice will often cause a person to itch which is a result of the person being allergic to the lice as they suck blood. It is important to know that some children may not be allergic, therefore they will not itch the scalp so they need to be checked. In addition it can take up to three months for the child to start itching the scalp. To detect a active head lice infestation, a live louse must be caught, A method called detection combing should be used. The steps are: Wash your child's hair with ordinary shampoo and apply conditioner. Do not dry the hair. Use a wide tooth comb to remove any tangles. Switch to a louse detection comb making sure the teeth of the comb slot into the hair at the roots with bevel edge of the teeth lightly touching the scalp. Draw the comb down to the ends of the hair with every stroke. Remove lice by wiping or rinsing the comb. Work methodically so the whole head is combed through, this takes about 15 minutes. Rinse out the conditioner and repeat the procedure in the wet hair. Head lice should only be treated when a live louse has been detected. All family members and friends who have been in close contact with the infected child should be treated. Sprays and lotions designed to kill head lice can be used they need to be applied correctly and thoroughly. Our pharmacist can give you advice on which product is best to use for your child.
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