Coronavirus continues to dominate the news and Lambeth Council is closely monitoring the situation. There are things that we can all do to help prevent it.
Although for many people, the virus causes a mild illness, it can impact people differently, with “apparently healthy” individuals being badly affected.
Those who have underlying health issues or who are older may be at increased risk of complications so it is particularly important they refer to the advice below if they are concerned.
Lambeth Council is working closely with its NHS partners to monitor the situation and ensure we are ready to respond to the challenges of a UK outbreak of the virus.
Currently, there is no treatment or vaccine for COVID-19 but the Government and NHS are well prepared to deal with this virus. You can help too by:
• Following public health advice on preventing the spread of infections which includes regularly washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, and ‘Catch it, Kill it, Bin it’.
• Following the latest Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice when travelling and planning to travel
• Ensuring you and your family’s vaccinations are up to date as this will help reduce the pressure on the NHS through reducing vaccine-preventable diseases
• Using NHS 111 (including online, where possible), pharmacies and GPs responsibly, and go to the hospital only when you really need to. This is further explained on the NHS website
• Accepting that the advice for managing COVID-19 for most people will be to self-isolate at home and simple over the counter medicines