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The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
  • New continuous cough and/or
  • High temperature
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste  

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness If you have coronavirus symptoms:
  • Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
  • You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home
  • Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home
  • Plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household
  • Ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
  • Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
  • If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999
  • Visit NHS 111 Online for more information

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  • If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (See ending isolation section below for more information)
  • If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill
  • It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
  • For anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period. (See ending isolation section below for more information
  • If you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
  • If you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible
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Jul 2014
Hay fever - The Summer Plague
With the warm Summer coming, the rate of hay fever sufferers sets to go through the roof. Please find below general information regarding hay fever. Hay fever symptoms vary in severity and may be worse some years than others, depending on the weather conditions and the pollen count. The time of year your symptoms start depends on the types of pollenyou're allergic to. The symptoms of hay fever include: frequent sneezing runny or blocked nose itchy, red or watery eyes (also known as allergicconjunctivitis) an itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears cough, caused bypostnasal drip (mucus dripping down the throat from the back of the nose) Less commonly, you may experience: the loss of your sense of smell facial pain (caused by blocked sinuses) headaches earache tiredness and fatigue While symptoms of hay fever may be mild, they can interfere with your sleep and your daily activities at school or work. Hay fever and asthma If you haveasthma, your asthma symptoms may get worse when you have hay fever. Sometimes, asthma symptoms only occur when you have hay fever.These symptoms include: tight chest shortness of breath coughing wheezing Pollen count Hay fever symptoms are likely to be worse if the pollen count is high. The pollen count is the number of grains of pollen in one cubic metre of air. Air samples are collected in traps set on buildings two or three storeys high. Taking samples from this height gives a better indication of the pollen in the air. Traps on the ground would only collect pollen from nearby trees and plants. The air is sucked into the trap and the grains of pollen are collected on either sticky tape or microscope slides (glass plates). The pollen is then counted. Samples arenormally taken every two hours, and usually the results are averagedover a 24-hour period. The pollen forecast is usually given as: low: fewer than 30 grains of pollen in every cubic metre of air moderate: 30-49 grains of pollen in every cubic metre of air high: 50-149 grains of pollen in every cubic metre of air very high: 150 or more grains of pollen in every cubic metre of air Hay fever symptoms usually begin when the pollen count is over 50. The pollen count is usually given as part of the weather forecast during the spring and summer months. When to seek medical advice Most cases of hay fever can be treated using over-the-counter medication. A pharmacist can advise ontreatments for you or your children. You would normally only need to see your GP if: you can't control your symptoms with over-the-counter medications oryou are having troublesome side effects caused by the medication you are experiencing persistentcomplications of hay fever, such as worsening of asthma or repeated episodes ofsinusitis the pattern of your symptoms is unusual; such as occurring during the winter or only at your workplace – it is likely that another substance other than pollen is responsible and further testing will be required to confirm this. You can find common treatments for hay fever at our online shop at www.ancora-healthcare.co.uk
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