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General Information about COVID-19


What is COVID-19?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is the illness caused by a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China. It can cause a cough, and /or a fever/ high temperature.

This is a new strain of coronavirus, so the situation is rapidly evolving. More information is available at NHS Inform: https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19


NFUS is aware that members are reporting a variety of coronavirus-related industry issues. Let us know your concerns and the issues you are experiencing by completing our survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/7KNNGXZ


Where can I find the latest government guidance?

The Scottish Government have indexed all their Coronavirus information here: https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/


What can I do to follow best practice?

The Scottish Government has outlined that you can only your property for the following reasons: 

  • Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
  • Exercise, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household.
  • Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.

If you have received a letter explaining that you are in a shielded group, you should stay at home completely.


What is shielding?

People with specific health issues are to be ‘shielded’. This is much more stringent essentially meaning to stay at home all the time, observe social distancing even within the home and adopt biosecurity procedures to avoid disease spread from other occupants of the home.  

See:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

NHS Inform guidance on Shielding is available here: https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-covid-19-shielding

Has there been a change to COVID-19 restrictions in Scotland?

On Monday 11 May, the Scottish Government updated guidance about staying at home and social distancing, stating that the once-a-day limit on exercise had been removed. This means you can leave your property for exercise more than once a day, if you remain at least 2 metres apart. This change does not apply if: 

  • If you, or someone in your household has symptoms of COVID-19, or
  • If you have received a letter instructing you to shield.

It is expected that people will remain local to their home and all other restrictions remain unchanged.  More information is available here:  https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-update-first-ministers-speech-11-2020/

What further changes to COVID-19 restrictions are anticipated?

On 28 May 2020, it is anticipated that the Scottish Government will announce the move to phase one of the easing of lockdown restrictions. If this occurs, the new restrictions will come into effect on Friday 29 May 2020.

Phase one includes a relaxation of personal movements, allowing you to meet one other household at a time; provided you remain outside and socially distanced.

Restrictions will only be eased if the Scottish Government are satisfied that there is sufficient evidence that transmission of COVID-19 is being controlled and there is a sustained decline in new infections, COVID-19 related admissions to hospital, and deaths attributed to COVID19 for at least 3 weeks.

Check the FAQ ‘Easing Restrictions in Scotland’ section here: https://www.nfus.org.uk/coronavirus/coronavirusqa/general-information-about-covid19/easing-restrictions-in-scotland.aspx

More information is available here:  https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-framework-decision-making-scotlands-route-map-through-out-crisis/

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

According to NHS Inform, the most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • A new continuous cough, and/or
  • Fever / high temperature (37.8 degrees Celsius or more), feeling warm, cold or shivery, or
  • A loss of taste or smell.

For most people, COVID-19 will be a mild infection. However, some people have more serious symptoms, including pneumonia or difficulty breathing which may require admission to hospital.

What should I do if I have symptoms of COVID-19?

If you or your family have developed any of the symptoms of COVID-19, please follow the most recent medical advice, available here: https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19 

Key workers such as those involved in the production of food are eligible for priority Covid-19 testing. Please refer to the section on testing for more information.


What should I do if someone in my household shows symptoms of COVID-19?

Stay at home guidance for households with a possible case of COVID-19 guidance is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

Family members of key workers such as those involved in the production of food are eligible for priority Covid-19 testing. Please refer to the section on testing for more information.


What about mental health and wellbeing?

A lot of focus is placed on physical health during Coronavirus, but we are in unusual times and this can impact our mental health and wellbeing.

NHS Inform and the Scottish Government have created a guide to help manage your mental wellbeing, available here: https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19/your-mental-wellbeing/coronavirus-covid-19-your-mental-wellbeing

In addition to the support available through the NHS or Scottish Government, there is specific help available for individuals and families within the agricultural sector via RSABI, here: https://www.rsabi.org.uk/Home-Page or 0300 111 4166.




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