18 March 2020
In this quickly changing situation we would recommend the following website for daily updates:
Recommendations and guidance from this official NHS page are likely to be more reliable than articles in the mainstream news sources or social media, or indeed passed on from others. This is an evolving real-time situation, so it is more important than ever to access accurate advice.
As a community, we will all be aware of neighbours, friends and family members who may be vulnerable and at risk, as well as lonely. So what can you do to help?
- Follow the advice. Although the measures being introduced may seem draconian, it is important to follow the national advice. If you feel ill, visit the website above and go from there.
- Pick up the phone. A daily check on people can only help with ensuring safety and, if necessary, medical intervention, and it can be a real boost for mental health. As this situation progresses, boredom and isolation can kick in, so it’s important to talk.
- Assist your neighbours. Every house in the village should have received a #viralkindness A printable version can be downloaded below. PLEASE USE IT IF YOU CAN HELP. You can fill it in and drop it off to neighbours, offering to pick up shopping, medication etc, or just to offer help or a phone call. It is important that you manage your own personal health by not interacting directly with anyone who may already be ill, but this is a way that we can all make a small difference. (If you would like more copies please email the Parish Clerk who can provide these firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Make a note of your own requirements. In the event that you may be isolated or in need of medical assistance, it is important that anyone intervening can understand your health situation. Write down any allergies, medication requirements, underlying health conditions etc and place them somewhere visible, or share with a neighbour or family member.
- We are aware that some of the most vulnerable members of our community do not have access to social media, so please spread the word where possible.
Finally, in the event that you or anyone you know within the village needs some help and doesn’t have anyone they can call, the Parish Clerk can be contacted to provide assistance, or sign post to where advice or assistance may be found. (07895 527353 email@example.com.