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Top five tips to help protect yourself from coronavirus

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Public health chiefs in Dudley have issued their top five tips to help protect people from coronavirus (COVID-19).

The advice follows directors of public health in the Black Country reassuring members of the public that plans are in place in the event of a coronavirus outbreak in the region.

Councils are working closely with the NHS, Public Health England and other emergency partners to ensure they are fully prepared.

Our top five tips are:

  • Knowledge is power

One of the best ways we can protect ourselves and our family from coronavirus is to keep updated on the latest information, including travel advice. You can get regular updates at www.gov.uk/coronavirus  

  • Keep it clean

Wash your hands frequently, especially before cooking, eating and after using the toilet. Hand sanitisers can help if they are alcohol-based. But the best option is soap and water. Get into a hand washing routine and don’t forget to encourage those around you (especially the little ones) to do the same. If you sneeze or cough, catch it with a tissue, bin it and wash your hands!

  • Could you have the virus?

Stay at home for 7 days if you have coronavirus symptoms. The symptoms are a new continuous cough, where you have started coughing repeatedly, or a high temperature, where you feel hot to touch on your chest or back.  

At home you should stay more than three steps away from others. If you are no better after 7 days visit NHS 111 online www.111.nhs.uk or phone the NHS 111 helpline for further advice. It is really important that you don’t go to your doctor or a hospital to be tested, to protect others.

  • Myth busting

Let’s dispel some myths. For example, you really don’t need to avoid handling post or parcels from certain areas of the world. Face masks will not keep us safe from infection (and could even make us less safe if not used correctly). And you really don’t need to panic-buy food or other products.

  • Look out for others

We’ll beat coronavirus if we act together as a community rather than as individuals.  Can you be the person in your family to make sure others follow the right advice? Can you be the person in your street who checks on older people or those living alone? Simple things can make a big difference.

Dudley’s Director of Public Health Deborah Harkins said:

Local authorities and the government have planned extensively over several years for an event like this and residents can be assured that contingency plans are already in place across the Black Country.
In Dudley, I am chairing a coronavirus resilience group, which meets regularly to co-ordinate our response across education, health, adult social care and other key council services.
We also remain closely linked to the work being carried out by our partners in the NHS, CCG, charities and other organisations, all of which we are in regular contact with.

More advice is available from the NHS at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus and on the council's coronavirus page

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