Monday 18th March, 2020
We have been asked what advice we can give with regard to Coronavirus.
Without doubt it is clear the situation is evolving and the NHS are providing more and more updates each day.
We suggest that you stay up to date with news and information either by reliable sources on the internet such as official www.NHS.uk and if you do not have access to the internet then there is always the BBC red button.
Government are advising those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures for more see https://bit.ly/2Qnywpe
We understand some Shedders may choose to self-isolate and we know how caring the Shedder community is, so please remember to stay in touch with your fellow Shedders by calls/ text/ email/ internet to check they are okay. As BT used to say, ‘it’s good to talk’. It may also be prudent to keep your attendance registers up to date in case a member contracts the disease and you need to contact fellow members who came in to contact with them.
In the press you may hear the phrase ‘social distancing’. This is a term used to reduce the spread of disease, particularly those where infection is transferred via droplet contact – as is the case with Coronavirus.
Through social media there will be a number of suggestions from local Men’s Sheds on how to manage the potential health crisis and we encourage you again to follow advice you receive from your local doctors and the NHS.
Remember – do not be a hero, if you feel ill – even if the Shed depends on you, stay home, stay safe.
At this time ( 18/03/20) the advice from the NHS is to call 111 if:
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
- You cannot get help online