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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, here


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 or change in 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 (or someone in my household) have symptoms of COVID-19?

If you, or anyone in your household, have developed any of the symptoms of COVID-19, you are required to self-isolate and book a COVID-19 test.

Anyone in Scotland aged 5 or over, who is self-isolating because they are showing symptoms can be tested.

  • Information from the NHS about how to book a test is available here
  • Test and Protect is Scotland’s approach to preventing the spread of Coronavirus in communities. More information is available here
  • A self-help guide about access to testing is available here
  • Check NHS Inform Advice about COVID-19 here


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
  • 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, available here, or call 0300 111 4166.


What is shielding?

Shielding is a measure to protect those at very high risk of severe illness by minimising their interaction between them and other people.  Most people who were shielding at the start of the pandemic can now follow advise for the general population, however, this is dependent on individual circumstances as some people may need to continue to shield.  Please check with your clinician and follow their specific guidance for your situation.

  • Guidance from the Scottish Government is available here
  • NHS Inform Guidance is available here


What can I do to follow best practice?

As Scotland moves through the lifting of lockdown, it is important to keep up to date about what we can do in each phase of lockdown.

Progression to each stage is dependent on a number of factors, and it is possible to regress through the stages, if required.  

  • The Scottish Government’s Route Map is available here


Is there specific guidance for farmers and crofters?

On Thursday 11 June, the Scottish Government released specific guidance for farmers and crofters to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The guidance will be updated, so it is important to refer to the live document, which can be accessed here


What happens if I have stock to look after but I have been told to self-isolate due to COVID-19?

NFUS has been informed by the Scottish Government that key agricultural workers who are required to self-isolate as a case or contact of a case should be able to leave their home to tend to their livestock / other farm duties, as long as they are not in contact with other people in the course of their duties or during travel to/from work.

Where can I find the latest government guidance?

The Scottish Government have indexed all their Coronavirus information here

Is there a COVID-19 risk from domestic animals or livestock?

Government guidance states, there is limited evidence that companion animals such as dogs and cats can be infected with COVID-19 and no evidence that livestock can be infected.  There is no evidence that animals are involved in the ongoing transmissions of COVID-19 to humans. 


Where can I log problems related to 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, available here

 

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