How to deal with coronavirus

With Dr Lamah El-Sharkawi - Bay cluster network

This has been a difficult year for many of us. Unfortunately, coronavirus (COVID-19) is continuing to spread in the area, however there are steps we can all take to try and minimise the spread. Furthermore, should you contract coronavirus the majority of people will be able to recover at home. In this article we will focus on how to stop the spread and what to do should you catch COVID-19.

The following steps will help stop the spread of COVID-19:-

  • Try to stay 2 metres away, at least, from anyone not in your household or support bubble
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water (or hand sanitizer) for at least 20 seconds
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve if you sneeze or cough
  • Place used tissues in bin immediately after use and wash hands
  • Wear something to cover mouth and nose in shops or on public transport
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • Continue to follow government guidance about national and regional restrictions

If you develop any of the symptoms of COVID-19 which are:-

  • Temperature >37.8
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • New continuous cough

You should isolate with household members until you have booked a COVID-19 test. The method to book a test will vary in different regions so contact 111 if you are unsure. You should continue to isolate until you have had the result of the test.

For information regarding isolation periods please find further information on

Whilst there is no cure for COVID-19, symptoms can ease at home by taking a number of steps.

How to treat a high temperature

  • Get plenty of rest
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Take paracetamol (if no contraindication)

How to treat a cough

  • Try to avoid lying flat as this can exacerbate the cough
  • Try a teaspoon of honey (not to be given to babies under 12 months)

How to treat shortness of breath

  • Keep the room cool but avoid using a fan
  • Try breathing slowly
  • Sit upright in a chair
  • Leaning forward can also help symptoms

If the breathlessness is getting worse or you have any concerns, then please contact your surgery or NHS 111 for advice. If you are struggling to breath, then please call an ambulance on 999.

Under the measures announced by the government to prevent people leaving their homes for non-essential purposes, you are still able to seek medical care. GP surgeries are fully operating and we are here for you.

Information correct at 15/01/2021


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