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information for care NHS coronavirus

What is Coronavirus? (an overview form the World Health Organization WHO) 

 

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

 

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment.  Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

 

The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol based rub frequently and not touching your face.

 

The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).

 

At this time, there are no specific vaccines or treatments for COVID-19. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments. WHO will continue to provide updated information as soon as clinical findings become available.

 

Coronavirus and residential care

 

Care home providers are advised to work with local authorities to establish plans for mutual aid, including sharing of the workforce between providers, with local primary and community health services providers, and with deployment of volunteers where that is safe to do so (read more here from Public Health England.)

 

 

COVID-19: adult social care and support

 

Information and guidance related to social care, including commissioning and supporting the provider market, and working collaboratively with health partners

 

Local Government Association - Information resource.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Care