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Novel Coronavirus

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.

What’s the risk of coronavirus in the UK?

The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate.

Health professionals are working to contact anyone who has been in close contact with people who have coronavirus.

 

What’s the risk of coronavirus for travellers?

There are some countries and areas where there’s a higher chance of coming into contact with someone with coronavirus.

See the NHS.uk coronavirus advice for travellers.

 

Symptoms of coronavirus

The symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature
  • shortness of breath

But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.

The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.

 

Check if you need medical help

NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.

Use this service if:

  • you think you might have coronavirus
  • in the last 14 days you’ve been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus – see the NHS.uk coronavirus advice for travellers
  • you’ve been in close contact with someone with coronavirus
Start now

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.

 

How to self-isolate if you’re asked to

If there’s a chance you could have coronavirus, you may be asked to stay away from other people (self-isolate).

This means you should:

  • stay at home
  • not go to work, school or public places
  • not use public transport or taxis
  • ask friends, family members or delivery services to do errands for you
  • try to avoid visitors to your home – it’s OK for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food

You may need to do this for up to 14 days to help reduce the possible spread of infection.

Read more coronavirus self-isolation advice.

 

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.

 

Do I need to avoid public places?

Most people can continue to go to work, school and other public places.

You only need to stay away from public places (self-isolate) if advised to by the 111 online coronavirus service or a medical professional.

 

How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus

Do

  • 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 straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

Don’t

  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

 

Treatment for coronavirus

There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus.

Antibiotics do not help, as they do not work against viruses.

Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the illness.

You’ll need to stay in isolation away from other people until you’ve recovered.

 

More information

Page last reviewed: 3 March 2020

Childhood Asthma Group Consultation on Weds 18 March at 1.30pm

Join us on Wednesday 18 March at 1.30pm at Streatham High Practice

At Streatham High Practice, we are holding a group consultation for parents of children with asthma on Wednesday 18th March 2020 at 1.30 pm.

This will be a meeting of about 10-15 other parents together at the practice to learn more about managing asthma, to better support the health of your child and allow you to gain confidence in looking after your child’s asthma at home.

Please read the below FAQs about what a Group Consultation entails and how it could benefit you.

If you would like to attend or find out more, please let us know on lamccg.shs@nhs.net.

If you can’t make this event but are interested in further dates please email us to register your interest on the above email address.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is a Group Consultation?

Group Consultations are medical consultations with a clinician at your practice.  Usually this will involve a combination of a GP, a pharmacist and/or a nurse. A session will usually to last between 1-1.5 hours.

The aim of the session is to talk about Asthma treatment goals, understand more about the condition, share your own experiences and ask questions from the clinician.  Group consultations have been shown to improve health outcomes.

They are also an opportunity for you to meet with other people who suffer from the same condition.

We are running our first session on asthma in children in March 2020. 

How does it work?

We usually have between 10-15 people invited to come to a joint session to discuss their condition.

We will all be in a room together and we will start off by discussing the aims of the session and explaining about confidentiality.  The clinicians will then give a short session about understanding the condition in more detail and then we invite you to share your experiences, concerns, and questions with the group.

You will also have short 1:1 meeting with a clinician during this time so that we can make sure we are up to date with our records and to answer any specific concerns you may have.

How will it help me or my family?

Group consultations generally have very good feedback.  It is an opportunity to learn from other patients as well as having a longer time with a clinician than you would usually get in a face to face appointment.  This allows you to develop further confidence about self-care and managing your child’s condition at home.  Generally we find that we have better health outcomes in patients who have attended group consultations.

Is it confidential?

We ask that people sign a confidentiality form explaining that they understand and agree to meet in a supportive manner and to respect other people’s confidential information.  If there is something that you would like to keep private, there will be an opportunity to speak directly with a clinician during the session, and it is of course confidential as all your one to one appointments are.

Can I bring my child?

This is an opportunity for you to become more knowledgeable about managing your child’s condition, as such we feel that to get the most from the event it would be better to hold this during school hours so you have the time and freedom to concentrate on the topic.