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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

Stay at Home
  • 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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Aug 2014
Motor Neurone Disease and the Ice Bucket Challenge
If you're wondering why your social media timeline or newspaper is full of people tipping freezing cold water over their heads (in ever-more extreme and original methods) and unsure what they're actually rasing money for, then read on. The challenge began in the US as the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and has quickly gone viral, already leading to donations of almost$80million dollars across the pond, according to Time magazine.Here in the UK the Ice Bucket Challenge has recently gained momentum andis done predominantly in support of Motor Neurone Disease. But what exactly is ALS or Motor Neurone Disease and why the different names? Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a term used in the US to describe what we refer to in the UK as Motor Neurone Disease (MND). There are numerous forms of MND, but ALS is the most prevalent. The MND Association website explains the differencesuccinctlyhere or the detailed version is available from the Oxford MND Centrehere.Despite the subtle differences, the terms are used almost interchangeably. MND is a progressive, degenerative and debilitating neurolgical condition affecting the ability of motor neurones (nerves) in the brain and spinal cord to effectivley transmit messages to muscles. This leads to muscle wasting and a range of symptoms including pain, discomfort, stiffness, speech impairment and breathing difficulties. Detailed information about Motor Neurone Disease is availablehere or on the MND Association's excellentwebsite. If you're concerned you have any sypmtoms, don't hesitate to visit your GP. The Ice Bucket Challenge is not without its detractors and controversies, but no-one can deny that it has succeeded in raising awareness for a condition that is not particularly well-known or understood by many. MND is truly life-changing for sufferers, which number around 5000 people in the UK alone. And it can be argued that anything that helps to raise a significant amount of money in such a short space of time, particularly form those who may not donate regularly to charity, can only be a positive thing. If you want to take part and/or donate, visit the MND Association websitehere for details and rules.And don't forget to take care!
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