COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus. This page lists some of the resources you can access if you are concerned.
ADVICE FROM THE NHS
A new NHS 111 online service has been put in place to help people get quick advice about coronavirus, as enquiries to the health service about the outbreak have surged.
You will be asked a few questions and will be advised on what you should do next.
You can access the online service here: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19
If you would prefer to speak to someone on the phone, you can call the 111 NHS Helpline. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls to this number are free from landlines and mobile phones.
DEPARTMENT FOR EDUCATION CORONAVIRUS HELPLINE
The Department of Education has set up a helpline offering guidance for anyone with education related questions – from early years up to universities. This also includes parents, carers and guardians who have concerns about their young persons education.
Tel: 0800 046 8687
8am to 6pm (Monday – Friday)
If you are a foster carer and have any questions or concerns about coronavirus and its impact on fostering, please contact us at Lorimer Fostering or use the above helpline.
CORONAVIRUS ACTION PLAN
‘A guide to what you can expect across the UK’ published by the Department of Health and Social Care on 3rd March 2020.
Read the guide here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/
This document sets out what the UK as a whole has done – and plans to do – to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak, based on the governments experience dealing with other infectious diseases.
The document sets out:
- what is known about the virus and the disease it causes
- how the government have planned for an infectious disease outbreak such as the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
- the actions taken so far in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
- what the government are planning to do next, depending on the course the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak takes
- the role the public can play in supporting this response, now and in the future
What is self-isolation and why is it important? Find out more here: https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/02/20/
Regular updates and announcements on COVID-19: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus