March2020

COVID-19 – Advice for respiratory infections

Individuals should stay at home (self-isolate) for 10 days from the onset of symptoms. If you have serious symptoms that you cannot manage at home, please call a GP for advice. After 10 days of self-isolation, people who feel better and no longer have any symptoms can return to their[…]

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Understanding COVID-19

Understanding COVID-19 Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases; as a group they are common across the world.  Coronaviruses are zoonotic – this means that they are transmitted between animals and people. COVID-19 is the infectious disease[…]

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Transmission of COVID-19

COVID-19 is mainly passed on by person-to-person spread between people who are in close contact with one another and by droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. However, a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that the virus that causes COVID-19 remains on[…]

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What is the difference between Influenza and COVID-19 ?

Both COVID-19 and Influenza cause respiratory disease; however, there are important differences between the two viruses and how they spread. This has important implications for the public health measures that can be implemented to respond to each virus. How are COVID-19 and influenza viruses similar? COVID-19 and influenza viruses both[…]

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COVID-19 and your mental well-being

  Looking after your mental well-being As you observe social distancing, you may find yourself becoming bored and frustrated more often. Your mood and feelings may be affected; you may feel low, worried or have problems sleeping and you might just miss being outside with friends and family. At times[…]

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Social distancing

What is social distancing ? Social distancing involves taking steps to reduce physical social interaction between people. The following measures are crucial ones we should all be taking to reduce the transmission of COVID-19:  Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature[…]

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Pregnancy and COVID-19

*Advice updated April 2021 What effect does coronavirus have on pregnant women? Pregnant women do not appear to be more predisposed to the consequences of coronavirus than the general population. However, as this is a new virus, the long-term effects are still uncertain. It is expected the large majority of[…]

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No Smoking Day, 11th March 2020

No Smoking Day is an annual health awareness day in the United Kingdom which aims to help smokers who want to quit smoking. The first No Smoking Day was on Ash Wednesday in 1984, and it now takes place on the second Wednesday in March. No Smoking Day aims to[…]

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