Preventing the spread of infections
While there are currently no cases of Coronavirus in Cornwall there are some easy steps you can take to help yourself and your family to stay well:
- Wash your hands. Washing your hands is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself and others from illnesses such as food poisoning and flu.
- Keep warm at home. If you are feeling unwell then resting at home and keeping yourself warm is one of the best things you can do. If possible keep homes at least 18°C (65°F) and at the first sign of illness, seek immediate advice and help from your pharmacist. We have prepared a Top Tips poster that gives advice on how to stay warm and keep well over the winter months.
- Get your flu jab. Pregnant women, parents of children aged 2 and 3 years old and adults with underlying health conditions encouraged to organise having a flu vaccine for themselves or their child. Contact your general practice, pharmacist or midwife to get it. Visit the NHS flu vaccine webpages for more information. You can also have a flu jab even if you aren’t eligible for the free vaccine. Your local pharmacist, including those in supermarkets, can give you a flu jab for around £9. It will help to protect you from flu as well as any vulnerable people you might come in to contact with.
- Have a ‘flu friend’. If you do get the flu then staying inside, keeping warm and avoiding spreading the virus is the best thing you can do. It is a good idea to think about who you can call on for help to pick up any medicines or groceries while you are ill.
- Who to call if you are ill. If you do need to access medical services you can call NHS 111 where a fully trained advisor will inform you on the best course of action. NHS 111 is much more than a helpline. You can speak to fully trained advisors available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, who can put you straight through to a relevant healthcare professionals, including nurses, emergency dentists, or even GPs. The advisors can also arrange face-to-face appointments, and if you are assessed as needing an ambulance, one will be sent directly. Whatever the need is, NHS 111 will ensure that you get the right care, from the right person, as quickly as possible. So, if you think you need urgent non-life-threatening medical help, call NHS 111. Visit the NHS 111 website for more information.
- Stay at home. If you are unwell with the flu or norovirus then the best thing you can do is stay at home and look after yourself and not pass your germs onto others. Going to the doctor’s surgery while you are ill also increases the risk of you catching another illness while your immune system is low.