Coronavirus - Stay Calm and Wash your hands

11/03/2020

Photo Credit: kvia.com
Photo Credit: kvia.com

What is Coronavirus - Covid-19?

  • COVID-19 is the disease caused by the new coronavirus that emerged in China in December 2019.
  • COVID-19 symptoms include cough, fever and shortness of breath. COVID-19 can be severe, and some cases have caused death.
  • The new coronavirus can be spread from person to person. It is diagnosed with a laboratory test.
  • There is no coronavirus vaccine yet. Prevention involves frequent hand-washing, coughing into the bend of your elbow and staying home when you are sick.

Should I self-isolate? 

If you have been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus (Group A & Group B) in the last 14 days and are experiencing symptoms such as fever, dry cough or shortness of breath, no matter how mild, you should stay indoors and self-isolate. Please visit gov.gg for more information before contacting the IMC on 822077 or the MMH on 822822 for a telephone discussion with a GP. 

Use the 'should I self-isolate?' link above if you are unsure whether you should self-isolate. Just click the link and follow the simple questions through to the end. This 'should I self-isolate' tool does NOT apply to health and social care workers. Specific advice can be found below:

Our job is to try and protect the health of all islanders. Over 50% of the island population is aged 65 or more, many with lots of health issues. In any public health situation, the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.

To that end, once again we ask people to ring the Island Medical Centre or MMH before coming to the surgery (822 077) or the hospital on 822822, particularly if you have any of the following symptoms:

Fever

Cough
Shortness of breath

We are aware that people are returning from all over the world to Alderney and in the vast majority of cases will remain perfectly healthy. However, it is increasingly likely that we may see cases of Covid-19 on the island.

We want to reassure people that the health services on the island are working closely with the SOA, HSC, Alderney Emergency Services, the Police, Border Agency and plans are in place to manage the situation.

We DO NOT have any cases of Covid-19 on the island at present.

See gov.gg/coronavirus for daily updates.

THE BEST WAY TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS:

If you think there is someone could benefit from any of the Connaught services such as Domiciliary Care (Home Help), Meals on Wheels, Lifeline Services etc., please don't hesitate to contact us on 01481 822756

If you are planning visit your relative in Alderney at and have any concerns, please ring the Island Medical Centre on 01481 822077 for advice.