Health Advice

Latest guidance about COVID-19 from NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government, including social distancing and stay at home advice can be found at http://nhsinform.scot/coronavirus. This guidance tells you how to look after yourself and others, and when to use 111

Further information if you have received a letter from the Scottish Government Chief Medical Officer about shielding for people at high risk

Government guidance on staying at home

What is Covid-19?

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

Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people and those with long term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

Symptoms of a COVID-19 infection

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are a new continuous cough and/or a fever/high temperature (37.8C or greater). You may feel warm, cold or shivery.

Some people will have more serious symptoms, including pneumonia or difficulty breathing, which might require admission to hospital.

Advice for people with symptoms of COVID-19, including an online guide - can be found on NHS Inform

Updates from The Scottish Government about COVID-19

Information for professionals and organisations

The latest information and advice for professionals and organisations is on the Health Protection Scotland website.

For more information on Covid-19 visit the NHS Inform website 

Worries and anxiety

Public Health authorities around the world are taking action against the coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) outbreak. However, it is understandable that many people are feeling worried about coronavirus and how it could affect their lives.  You might be worried by a constant stream of news updates, or about being asked to stay at home or avoid other people.  There are things that you can do to help manage your worries and anxieties at this time.

The World Health Organization has some helpful advice for adults and children.

The World Health Organization has also released information about mental health during the coronavirus outbreak, and recommends the following:

  • Be empathetic to all those affected by coronavirus.  Do not attach it to any ethnicity or nationality.  People who are affected by Covid-19 have not done anything wrong, and they deserve our support, compassion and kindness.
  • Protect yourself and be supportive to others. Assisting others in their time of need can benefit the person receiving support as well as the helper.  There may be people in your community who may need some extra assistance. Working together as one community can help to create solidarity.  Information on how to do this safely
  • Keep regular routines and schedules as much as possible or help create new ones in a new environment, including regular exercising, cleaning, daily chores, singing, painting or other activities.
  • Stay connected and maintain your social networks. Even when isolated, try as much as possible to keep your personal daily routines or create new routines. If health authorities have recommended limiting your physical social contact, you can stay connected via e-mail, social media, video conference and telephone.

It can be particularly important at a time like this to take care with news and information.  It is important to be updated with current information, but be careful where you get news and information from.  Information shared on social media and via Whatsapp groups via unofficial channels can be inaccurate and can lead to increased anxiety.  The World Health Organisation recommends:

  • Seeking information only from trusted sources and mainly to take practical steps to prepare your plans and protect yourself and loved ones.
  • Seeking information updates at specific times during the day, once or twice. The sudden and near-constant stream of news reports about an outbreak can cause anyone to feel worried.
  • Get the facts; not the rumours and misinformation.

For up-to-date advice, you can visit the following sites:

www.nhsinform.scot

www.gov.uk

The World Health Organization has further information about some of the coronavirus myths

The charity Mind also has lots of information on their website to help you cope if

  • you’re feeling anxious or worried about coronavirus
  • you’re asked to stay at home or avoid public places, for example if your employer asks you to work from home
  • you have to self-isolate

Tips on planning for staying at home and taking care of your health and wellbeing.

There are also a number of helplines you can contact.

Staff wellbeing is also vital at this time, and we have worked with NHS24 to prepare this advice.