COVID-19 Advice 16.3.20
New advice has been issued by Public Health England 16.3.20 about COVID-19 (coronavirus). The advice can be read here. The key information is:
- If any person becomes unwell with the associated symptoms of either high temperature, and/or a new and persistent cough, the entire household should self-isolate for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day illness began in the first person to become ill. Fourteen days is the incubation period for coronavirus; people who remain well after 14 days are unlikely to be infectious.
- After 7 days, if the first person to become ill feels better and no longer has a high temperature, they can return to their normal routine. If any other family members become unwell during the 14-day household-isolation period, they should follow the same advice - that is, after 7 days of their symptoms starting, if they feel better and no longer have a high temperature, they can also return to their normal routine.
- Should a household member develop coronavirus symptoms late in the 14-day household-isolation period (for example, on day 13 or day 14) the isolation period does not need to be extended, but the person with the new symptoms has to stay at home for 7 days. The 14-day household-isolation period will have greatly reduced the overall amount of infection the rest of the household could pass on, and it is not necessary to re-start 14 days of isolation for the whole household. Further information on household isolation can be read here.
- Anyone over 70 and those who has an underlying medical condition* should consider self-isolating for a period of 12 weeks (*see advice).
- You should take steps to reduce the social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus, e.g. avoid non-essential use of public transport; work from home, where possible; avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs; avoid gatherings with friends and family; use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services.
The school will remain open until directed to close by the Department for Education (DfE) or Public Health England (PHE). Please helps us and our community by following the above advice and by keeping us informed.