As a school we are in constant communication with NHS and the Government regarding how we can make sure your child and your family are kept as safe as possible. The situation is changing daily and we will make sure any changes are relayed to you as quickly as possible.
Stay safe, stay mentally and physically healthy.
Do not listen to social media or rumours.
Accurate information can be found on the World Health Organisation website or UK Government website. This includes what you can do to stay safe (also below), numbers of cases, and the situation across the world.
guidance for households with symptoms
· If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 10 days from when your symptoms started
· If you live with others and you or another member of the household 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 10 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.
The symptoms are:
· A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
· A new, continuous cough
A change in sense of smell or taste
The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here:
Remember, do not go to the Doctor or ring NHS 111 straight away (see advice below).
Most people recover from coronavirus quickly after a few days' rest. For some people, it can be more severe and, in rare cases, life-threatening. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu:
- a cough
- a high temperature
- shortness of breath
It appears people who are older, those with weakened immune systems and people who have underlying chronic conditions including asthma, diabetes or heart disease are more at risk of severe effects. Further information can be found on the BBC news website - click here. If you are concerned about your child being more vulnerable, please talk to us.
(Taken from NHS England)
Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms
Stay at home for 14 days if you or any member of your household have either:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
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.
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
How coronavirus is spread
Because it's a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person.
Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.
It's very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food.
wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
always wash your hands when you get home or into work
use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
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 immediately and wash your hands afterwards
try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean