COVID-19 | Essential information

Cristian Halati
Currently, the risk of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the UK to the public has been raised from low to moderate by the UK Chief Medical Officer. The status of the threat is changing on a daily basis, however there are certain steps we can all take to help combat the spread of COVID-19.
Educating yourself on the symptoms and signs of coronavirus as well as the essential ways to avoid catching or spreading it is of paramount importance. Below is a summary of medical advice issued by the NHS and the Chief Medical Officer.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Patients with COVID-19 experience:

  • cough
  • high temperature
  • shortness of breath

It is important to keep in mind that these symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as the cold and the flu. Having these symptoms does not necessarily mean you have COVID-19, however if you have been in contact with someone with Covid-19 or recently come back from an affected area – call NHS 111.

For more information on symptoms please visit:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

How to avoid catching or spreading COVID-19

  • As a general rule, ensure that you wash your hands with soap and water often through the day and for at least 20 seconds per wash.
  • You should aim to wash your hands when you arrive home and when you get into work as a minimum, and use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth if hands are not clean.
  • The NHS recommends that you cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Immediately put the tissues in the bin straight away, and wash your hands afterwards. If you don’t have a tissue,cough or sneeze into your sleeve, but never your hands.
  • Finally, avoid contact with people that are unwell with flu like symptoms.


For more information on steps you can take to limit the spread please visit:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/common-questions/

How Phlo can help

We’re here to help. You can contact Phlo directly as we can help deliver your prescriptions to you in real-time, on-demand across London. Our experienced and trusted pharmacists are also on hand to help and provide additional support should you need it. However, remember to always call 111 first should you have any concerns.

If you think you need medical help

The NHS 111 has introduced an online coronavirus service that can give you advice.

Call 111 if:

  • You think you might have COVID-19
  •  If you’ve travelled in a country or area with a high infection rate of coronavirus in the past 14 days
  • You’ve been in close contact with someone with COVID-19

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.

For further information please visit:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

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