Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do
Stay at home
Only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work
Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
Wash your hands as soon as you get home
This page was last updated on Monday 6th April
Coronavirus (Covid-19) Response – Information Sources and Updates
This section of the website will be updated regularly with advice and information that Alan receives in relation to the outbreak of Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) from central and local Government; the NHS including Public Health England (PHE); and other public bodies and relevant organisations.
The Government response to COVID-19 is guided by medical and scientific advice received from the independent Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Advisor, taking into account information from the NHS and other relevant public bodies. It is fast-moving and Government advice on Coronavirus is subject to change – for the latest information visit Gov.uk and the Gov.uk COVID-19 page.
The Government's COVID-19 Action Plan can be found by clicking here.
Alan is not able to provide medical, financial or legal advice on an individual basis, but can help Havant Constituency residents dealing with central Government Departments and agencies. In addition, he is collating information related to the COVID-19 response on this page, and has launched a local constituency-wide initiative to sign-up local residents who feel they can help more vulnerable neighbours and other residents – see below for more information and sign-up by clicking here.
Information on this website is sub-divided into different areas, click on the links for more information:
- Health and wellbeing support
- Guide to social distancing
- Support for individuals and families
- Support for local business
- Advice for parents on school closures
- Advice for renters and social housing tenants
- Support for UK nationals abroad
- Help with the Covid-19 Response
How serious is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called Coronavirus. An NHS overview on COVID-19 can be found here.
The evidence shows us that the vast majority of people who get this virus have relatively mild symptoms and make a full recovery. But in a small percentage of cases, the virus can cause more severe symptoms. This is particularly true for people with a weakened immune system, for older people and for those with long term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.
A lot of false information about this virus is being shared - it’s very important that you make sure that the information you use comes from a trusted source - all of the information on this page has been sourced from the NHS.
What are the symptoms?
If you are infected you may have very minor symptoms, minor symptoms or more severe symptoms, but the NHS cites two symptoms to look out for as:
- A new continuous cough
- A fever or high temperature
What should I do if I have either of the above symptoms?
- Protect others - don't call, or go to your GP
- Protect others - don't go to your local hospital
- Visit the special NHS Online 111 online portal here or call 111
If you live alone - isolate yourself at home immediately for 7 days
If you live with others - you should all isolate yourselves at home for 14 days - this 14-day period starts from the day the first person in the home noticed the symptoms.
If at-risk people share your home - such as those who are older and those with underlying health conditions - the NHS advise for them to move out, perhaps to stay with friends or family for the whole isolation period. They need to minimise contact with others during this period whether or not they are able to move out.
For further information read this government advice on staying at home and isolating.