How can we help?
Many of us are questioning when will the coronavirus peak in the UK? The answer is unknown, but speculation from health experts suggest it will peak within 10-14 weeks, meaning that most people will contract Covid-19 late May to late June.
Even though the UK has closed its doors to many social venues including restaurants, pubs, clubs cafés, cinemas, theatres and more, health officials believe that it will get worse before it gets better.
As many people in England continue to ignore social distancing advice, the spread continues. People need to take this situation seriously in order for change to begin. It is the hope that with the closing of social venues, allowing more people to work from home and social distancing, will be enough to push back the peak into summer, allowing the flu season to pass, so the NHS will be under less strain and better equipped to deal with the infection.
What should we expect?
England’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, said Britons with cold, flu or fever symptoms could soon to be asked to stay at home in self-isolation. Self-isolation means stay indoors for 14 days from onset of symptoms. Do not go for a walk and do not have visitors. Self-isolating helps protect the most vulnerable of society.
Many people who contract Covid-19 will only experience mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, but for some people such as the elderly or those with underlying health problems such as chronic respiratory disease, it can lead to severe illness, such as pneumonia.
Prof Whitty said he was expecting the numbers of cases to increase initially quite slowly but really quite fast after a while and we have to catch it before the upswing begins.
What can we do to help ourselves and the wider community?
Self-isolate for 14 days if you experience any symptoms such as a fever or a sudden, dry continuous cough. This will also help protect vulnerable people in society. Do not have visitors. Do not go out. Try to sleep alone and stay at least 3 steps away from anyone in your household.
Practice social distancing by limiting face-to-face contact, if you go for a walk, stay 3 steps (or 2 metres) away from others, and if necessary, self-isolate.
Cover your mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, throw it away, then wash or sanitize your hands immediately after. Sanitize your hands with FulviSafe products throughout the day when you are not able to wash them. If you can wash them, wash them for 20-30 seconds thoroughly. This timescale applies every time you wash your hands. Wash your hands when you get home to help prevent any spread in your home and protect your loved ones.
The current coronavirus strain sweeping the globe shows no signs of slowing. Experts expect a peak here in the UK at the end of Spring – early Summer. We must, as a society, look after ourselves in order to look after our most vulnerable. Hand washing is a simple yet effective way to help prevent the spread. Hand hygiene should be practiced throughout the day to protect yourself and others. Self-isolating is necessary to help prevent the spread. Help yourself, the NHS and the most vulnerable in society by keeping hands clean and self-isolating. Together, we can help prevent the spread of coronavirus (covid-19).
Things to do whilst self-isolating
If you are self-isolating and wondering what to do – you’re not the only one. Many self-isolating are doing so as they have experienced a symptom or two that could indicate coronavirus (Covid-19). If that is the case, more than likely you are in bed recovering from mild symptoms. Once those symptoms pass, its likely boredom will set in. So here are a few things you could be doing with your time:
Binge-watch box sets or movies or both! Thanks to Netflix and other streaming links TV is at our mercy and control. Enjoy hours of endless, mind-numbing television without moving a muscle.
Exercising. On the other hand, although it’s not everyone’s favourite thing to do, it IS a great way to boost energy as well as help improve the body’s systems. Increase oxygen uptake and wake up some unused muscle groups. Will improve mood and decrease stress levels.
Read. It’s not often we get lost in a good book, but at some point in life before films and box sets took over our lives, people used to read for enjoyment. Rekindle that love for reading and get lost in a good story.
Learn to cook. Let’s face it, Google has an innumerable amount of recipes to choose from. We really have no excuse.
Learn a language. Set yourself a challenge. Who knows what you can achieve in 2 weeks under house-arrest?
Spring clean. An obvious choice. Whilst you are sitting in your house looking around, seeing all the places that need a good clean but you never had the time to do. Well, now there’s time. Before you know it the house will be as clean as it was this time last year (probably).
Decorate. Sprucing up the house will help to tolerate it. Looking and feeling like new your home will be as refreshed as you by the end of 14 days.
Do some DIY and odd jobs. All those little jobs you put off can be done now. Putting up shelves, fixing taps, hanging pictures – you name it, you can do it.
Video call. Remember to make time to stay in touch with loved ones for sanity as well as a good gossip whilst setting the world to rights.
And if you don’t feel like doing any of the above things, then quite simply don’t. It is important to remember that everyone is experiencing some sort of trauma at this time and each person reacts differently. Some might become highly productive and others might become depressed and insulated. Emotional and mental health should also be a high priority.
In the meantime, it’s important to continue to practice good hand hygiene, washing hands for 20-30 seconds where hand washing is possible or use hand sanitizer or barrier cream such as FulviSafe to help kill germs on hands and help prevent the spread of infection.