Dealing with Covid-19 in the UK
What a decade we’re starting with. I didn’t expect a global pandemic, yet here we are. Let’s just get straight to it – here’s all the advice we’ve been given on dealing with this damn virus in the UK.
I’ll try keep this updated as much as possible, and please point out any inaccuracies if you believe there are any. We’re taking this very serious, and so should you. We will beat COVID-19 together.
Don’t use this article as a citation for anything. We’re finding out more as we go along, and this could quickly become outdated. Please inform us if you feel we’ve let it get a bit behind.
Updated for the 26th March.
What actually is coronavirus?
Coronavirus is a family of viruses that comes from animals, and this new coronavirus hasn’t been encountered before which is why it’s a big deal. Its more specific name is COVID-19.
Where did it start?
The Chinese city of Wuhan is home to the Huanan seafood wholesale market which sells live and newly slaughtered animals. Many people that were initially infected were regulars to this market or worked there.
To be more specific, experts believe the specific animal it may have come from may well actually be bats being used as food.
What are its symptoms?
The most common symptoms can include a persistent cough, a fever and sometimes breathing difficulties. If you show any signs of these you and anybody you live with need to self isolate at home for 14 days.
Loss of taste and smell is another possible symptom, so just be aware of that but also take note it’s not confirmed right now.
Is there a cure?
Not yet, but scientists are working hard on it. The more we understand, the closer a cure gets to us. Hang in there.
When should I visit a doctor?
The best thing to do if you are showing symptoms as mentioned before is to self isolate for 14 days. Do NOT go to your GP as you’ll just spread it around.
If symptoms become worse or won’t go away then ring NHS 111 and you’ll be advised on what to do.
How deadly is it?
The virus appears to be especially deadly to the elderly and anybody with underlying health issues. It can vary from person to person since it will depend how good your immunity is.
Many people have recovered from the virus, but since there are multiple strains this doesn’t make you fully immune to it so even when you recover, there’s still a chance you’ll get it again.
It’s really not worth getting panicked about, but you should avoid it at all costs even if you are healthy. You are very likely to recover but it’s spreading to those who are vulnerable that is the real problem.
What do I need to do to keep safe?
Stay at home! Unless you’re working in a necessary sector such as hospital or grocery stores you really need to stay at home. If your boss is insisting you come into work when it can be done from home you need to have words since that will not help the situation.
While we are allowed to exercise once daily, remember to keep your distance from everyone else the best you can. 2 metres apart is the advice we’ve been given so if you need to cross the road on a narrow pavement to distance from somebody coming the other way, just do it. Nobody will be offended.
Take care in supermarkets and grocery stores if you have to go. Only go if you REALLY need to get necessities. You really should be aiming to be there the least amount of times possible, and don’t stay there for hours filling up a trolley. Grab your milk, bread and any tinned foods or rice/pasta if there’s any there and be on your way.
DO NOT HOARD FOOD. Most places have limits on how much you can buy anyway, but don’t be a selfish twat. There’s plenty of food to go around but if people keep emptying the shelves it becomes difficult to keep them stocked for everyone else.
Make use of online delivery services where you can but take note you may need to plan these things a week or two in advanced. Also be sure to let the delivery service know if you are self isolating as they may have to drop things at your front door and leave to keep themselves safe.
Keep washing your hands every time you’ve been out, even if you didn’t touch anything – still do it. Make sure you’re washing your hands properly too. It should be taking at least 20 seconds and make sure you cover your entire hands with foamy soap.
When it comes to sneezing be sure to sneeze into your elbows or in a tissue, then proceed to dispose the tissue. The same goes with coughing, even if its just a quick clear of the throat.
Should I be worried?
No. These are scary times unlike anything most of us have been through before, but try your best to keep it together. Help your friends and family, call them, facetime them. Anything. Just make sure you look after each other as today’s technology allows us to keep in touch without actually being in each other’s face.
If you have vulnerable relatives make sure you look out for them. If they need shopping, do it for them and drop it by their front door. Don’t endanger them as you may be carrying the virus with no symptoms.
Remember to keep safe everyone. If there’s any further developments I’ll be back onto this. If any of this becomes out-dated please let me know.