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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

 

What can I do to follow best practice?

On Monday 23 March the government announced measures:

  • requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes
  • Closing non-essential shops and community spaces
  • Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public

Official government advice is that you should only leave your property for:

  • Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
  • One form of exercise a day, 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.


According to the advice these four reasons are exceptions - even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of your property and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

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


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.  

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 


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


Self-Isolation

The government has stated it essential to use self-isolation to limit the severity and spread of this evolving infection across the UK.

It is essential to self-isolate if:

  • You have been told to self-isolate by a doctor or NHS 111,
  • You have COVID-19 symptoms, 
  • Someone in your household has COVID-19 symptoms.

This checklist also applies for any workers you may have in your farming business.

The Scottish Government stated that from 13 March, anyone developing symptoms of COVID-19 must self-isolate for 7 days.  If symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days people are advised to phone their GP or contact NHS24 (111).

Public Health England have produced advice for people who have symptoms and are self-isolating which can be viewed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance  

Advice for those in self-isolation includes not having visitors to their home and requesting that friends, family or delivery drivers drop off deliveries at their doorstop.

Schools

As of Friday 20 March, schools and nurseries across Scotland will close and the SQA exam diet for 2020 will not proceed as planned.

Confirming the decision to the Scottish Parliament, the Deputy First Minister John Swinney set out that local authorities are being encouraged to work with local childcare providers in the private and third sectors to ensure ongoing provision to enable key workers to remain in work.

Key workers are defined as “those who work in posts which ensure that essential services can be delivered, or those who cover tasks within the local community which support the vulnerable and aid community resilience.

Whilst it is understood that the exact definition will vary based on local needs, NFUS is seeking urgent recognition to ensure that the children of workers in the agricultural, ancillary (processing, haulage, veterinary, distribution) sectors are included.

Further details on what the school closures entail are online here: https://www.gov.scot/news/update-on-school-closures-and-exams/



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