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What are the rules for this second lockdown?
The lockdown we are currently in differs quite significantly from the first and you may feel confused with these changes about what you can and cannot do. More places are open than previously, for example coffee shops for take away, schools, colleges and universities have also stayed open this time around. So how will this lockdown effect you?
You must stay home unless…
- You are buying essential groceries, medication or picking up/ depositing money
- You cannot work from home
- You are fulfilling legal obligations
- During this lockdown you can also leave home to carry out viewings if you are letting, renting, selling or buying a property;
- You are caring for a vulnerable person
- For medical reasons / medical emergencies
Generally, you should avoid meeting up with people outside of your household, however there is a support bubble system in place for those who live alone. If you live alone you are permitted to visit one other household, this includes meeting for exercise outside and visiting their household, even to spend the night.
Parents with children under 13 can also form a ‘childcare bubble’ where one person from one other household can come to give informal childcare to their children.
Non-essential travel, both nationally and abroad is currently restricted
These restrictions are set to be in place until 2nd December 2020
For further information on this second lockdown visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november#national-restrictions-from-5-november
Check out this video on WIRED: (See below). Dr Martin Blaser answers questions on the Corona Virus.
What are the symptoms of Covid-19?
Although at this point most of us will be familiar with what symptoms to look out for, here is a little reminder…
- A new continuous cough
- A high fever
- Loss of or change in taste or smell
It is important to remember we are coming into flu season, cold and flu symptoms could easily be mistaken for covid symptoms so if you start feeling unwell try not to panic. If you are concerned about symptoms you are experiencing call NHS 111 and they will be able to advise you if you require a Covid test.
The government has made certain prevention measures mandatory by law, but the World Health Organisation has also recommended things you can do to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
It is now mandatory in the United Kingdom to wear a mask inside any indoor public place (shops cafes etc) unless you are medically exempt.
It is also recommended you wear a face mask when having interactions with anyone who’s not part of your household, even when outside.
Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or with alcohol hand gel. The WHO suggests you do this before putting your mask on and after taking it off. Wash your hands first thing when you return home after going out, and after touching any items or surfaces that could potentially be contaminated.
Do not touch your nose, mouth or eyes when possible.
Keep at least a one metre distance from anyone outside your household, for example while queuing in the shops.
General cleaning and disinfecting in the home, and good personal hygiene are also advised.
It is now the law in the United Kingdom that if you or anyone in your household tests positive for Covid that you self quarantine for 14 days. You may also be asked to quarantine if it is known you have been in direct contact with someone who has tested positive, even if you are not experiencing symptoms.
Top Tips For Keeping Your Immune System Strong
Although Covid 19 is an exceptionally contagious virus, keeping yourself healthy and your immune system strong could help prevent you getting infected.
Drinking and eating foods rich in vitamin C such as orange juice, oranges, kiwis, peppers, strawberries and broccoli are great for boosting your immune system.
Getting plenty of sleep and minimising stress is important for a healthy immune system. Some people find meditation, yoga, journaling, or taking some time alone when you are living in a busy household helpful when you are feeling stressed or struggling to sleep. Apps like headspace are good for people starting out with meditation, you can also find free guided meditations on YouTube, along with free yoga classes.
Drinking plenty of water and avoiding sugary drinks and alcohol are important for overall health, including a strong immune system.
Investing in a good multivitamin or vitamin C supplement is helpful to boost your immune system.
For more information and tips on good self care visit out health and wellness section of the support hub.