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Coronavirus - Information, advice and support overview
COVID 19 - Somerset Support Number: 0300 790 6275
Getting help and support relating to the Coronavirus click - here
What are the symptoms of the coronavirus (COVID - 19)?
For most people, the coronavirus (COVID-19) produces mild symptoms which include:
• a cough
• high temperature (fever)
• shortness of breath
18 May 2020, new information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms have were announced.
Self-isolate if you have any of the following:
- A new continuous cough
- And, as of 18 May 2020, loss or change in your sense of smell (anosmia).
Stay at home if you have symptoms (self-isolation*)
- Anyone with symptoms should self-isolate for 7 days from when their symptoms started.
Self help resources - social isolation and distancing
A new practical resource "Every Mind Matters" has been created to help you discover simple steps to look after your mental health - click here
What should I do if someone in my home develops symptoms?
You should self-isolate for 14 days from when the person in your house first developed the symptoms.
Testing for the coronavirus
31st May 2020 - The NHS test and trace service was launched.
Anyone who has symptoms of the coronavirus (COVID 19), can now ask for a test to check whether they have the virus.
For more information about testing go to the NHS website - click here
Or dial 119
For more information about how the test and trace system works go to the GOV.UK website - click here
Most people can be fine after plenty of rest. However, for some (usually the elderly or those with an underlying health condition), it can lead to severe respiratory issues.
Please click on the following links for further information:
For details about symptoms - click here
For details about what to do if you think you have the coronavirus - click here
For household guidance about staying at home - click here
Or call: 111
For more information about the 111 service - click here
Who can be tested?
Read Government updates on who can be tested by clicking - here
What does self isolation mean?
Self-isolating means staying at home and not leaving it, other than for exercise. Don't go to work, school or public areas during this time.
People are advised to self isolate for the following reasons:
1 - Showing signs of the coronavirus
If they or members of their household have, or are showing signs of the coronavirus. For more information click - here
2 - If they are "shielding"
If they are at a higher risk of contracting the virus.
What is shielding?
For government updates on "shielding" click - here
HM Lord Lieutenant Annie Maw talks about her shielding experience during the Covid-19 pandemic to listen and view click - here
For more information about people who are at a higher risk of contracting the coronavirus see NHS information click - here
What does social distancing mean?
Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of Corona virus (COVID-19).
For more information on social distancing - click here
What does contact tracing mean?
Protecting the public from infectious disease through “contact tracing”.
Public Health England will identify all close contacts of anyone who tested positive and give further advice.
For more information about contact tracing - click here
Who can help?
There are many organisations, groups and individuals that can help you during this difficult time.
For more information about who can help you - click here
Advice for everyone
Our NHS, national and local government websites provide useful and current updates.
Find the current NHS England guidance in relation to the coronavirus (COVID - 19) - click here
CAN DO & CAN'T DO
For more information about what you can and can't do during the coronavirus crisis - click here
For the latest national and local information - click here