At this stage the seriousness of the situation cannot be understated and by now one assumes that everybody has decided how they stand regarding their own personal situation. However, if you or anyone in your household should become infected then total isolation will be necessary and you might need help.
We have a list of people who have volunteered to do your shopping or run errands for you. If this is required please contact one of the coordinators who will put you in touch with a neighbouring volunteer:
Margaret Jones-Evans: 767121 Liz and Pete Davidson: 766622
Jenny and Will Elphick: 766885 Nigel and Sue Merriam: 766222.
Updates from within the village will be put on the notice board and also sent out by email. If you have internet access and are not receiving these please let us know.
As so often happens, situations like this can provide an opportunity for unscrupulous people to operate. We have heard instances where fraudsters have offered to shop, taking the money and not returning. We suggest you pay for the shopping when it is delivered. Also suspicious phone calls have started on a similar line, please be aware!
The Stoke Ash White Horse is providing a “take away” service during the crisis. The will prepare meals – just phone 01379 678222 - discuss your order, and then collect at the agreed time. The Four Horseshoes and the Trowel and Hammer are also offering similar service, some including delivery.
Sam at Knoll Farm has offered assistance, should anyone require pets/ livestock to be taken to the vets, whilst they are self quarantined or in the unfortunate event of them contracting the virus. Phone 07742 450908
Please get in touch if you need help or have questions.
Nigel & Sue Merriam. Tel 766222
24th Match 2020. Compiled by Huw Roberts, email@example.com.
NHS general public advice: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
This includes links to sources of more information, including:
Public Health England: guidance on social distance and for vulnerable people: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people
UK Govt advice: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus, includes:
Get help if you an extremely vulnerable person: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable
Mid-Suffolk and Babergh District Council
MSDC main COVID-19 page: https://www.babergh.gov.uk/features/our-covid-19-response/
‘Home, not alone’
You can find further information on social media using #Covid19Suffolk
Suffolk County Council
Suffolk County Council response and information: https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/, including: changes to services; advice for schools, businesses, Suffolk Health and Children’s Centres, and more.
At The Princess of Wales hospital. NHS staff have been sent this:
This is the advice given to hospital staff.
It explains the virus and hopefully, how to prevent getting it.
Please share with family, friends and work colleagues.
The simplest way to distinguish Coronavirus from a Common Cold is that the COVID-19 infection does not cause a cold nose or cough with cold, but it does create a dry and rough cough.
The virus is typically first installed in the throat causing inflammation and a feeling of dryness. This symptom can last between 3 and 4 days.
The virus typically then travels through the moisture present in the airways, goes down to the trachea and installs in the lungs, causing pneumonia that lasts about 5 or 6 days.
Pneumonia manifests with a high fever and difficulty breathing. The Common Cold is not accompanied, but there may be a choking sensation. In this case, the doctor should be called immediately.
Experts suggest doing this simple verification every morning: Breathe in deeply and hold your breath for 10 seconds. If this can be done without coughing, without difficulty, this shows that there is no fibrosis in the lungs, indicating the absence of infection. It is recommended to do this control every morning to help detect infection.
The virus hates heat and dies if it is exposed to temperatures greater than 80°F (27°C). Therefore hot drinks such as infusions, broths or simply hot water should be consumed abundantly during the day. These hot liquids kill the virus and are easy to ingest.
Avoid drinking ice water or drinks with ice cubes.
Ensure that your mouth and throat are always wet, never DRY. You should drink a sip of water at least every 15 minutes. WHY? Even when the virus enters water or other liquids through the mouth, it will get flushed through the oesophagus directly into the stomach where gastric acids destroy the virus. If there is not enough water, the virus can pass into the trachea and from there to the lungs, where it is very dangerous.
For those who can, sunbathe. The Sun's UV rays kill the virus and the vitamin D is good for you.
The Coronavirus has a large size (diameter of 400-500 nanometers) so face masks can stop it, no special face masks are needed in daily life.
If an infected person sneezes nearby, stay 10 feet (3.3 meters) away to allow the virus fall to the ground and prevent it from falling on you.
When the virus is on hard surfaces, it survives about 12 hours, therefore when hard surfaces such as doors, appliances, railings, etc. are touched, hands should be washed thoroughly and/or disinfected with alcoholic gel The virus can live nested in clothes and tissues between 6 and 12 hours. Common detergents can kill it. Things that cannot be washed should be exposed to the Sun and the virus will die.
The transmission of the virus usually occurs by direct infection, touching fabrics, tissues or materials on which the virus is present.
Washing your hands is essential.
The virus survives on our hands for only about 10 minutes. In that time many things can happen, rubbing the eyes, touching the nose or lips. This allows the virus to enter your throat. Therefore, for your good and the good of all, wash your hands very often and disinfect them.
You can gargle with disinfectant solutions (i.e. Listerine or Hydrogen Peroxide) that eliminate or minimize the amount of virus that can enter the throat. Doing so removes the virus before it goes down to the trachea and then to the lungs.
Disinfect things touched often: mobile phone, keyboard, mouse, car steering wheel, door handles, etc ....
Sent in to me just now and I wanted to share this knowledge & advice with you all.
Please do the same and take care!
Citizens Advice Mid Suffolk will be providing advice via a phone and email service until further notice. We have taken this decision to comply with government guidance about reducing social contacts to delay the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Our staff and volunteers have extensive experience of providing advice over the phone and via email. Normally 43% of our client contacts are by telephone and 18% are by email.
We are encouraging members of the public to call us or to contact us via our website if they need advice. We will continue to provide advice for as long as possible. We do not want people to delay seeking advice for their problems because they are not aware they can get advice from us. Our dedicated volunteers and staff are continuing to provide an excellent service in these difficult circumstances.
Citizens Advice Mid Suffolk’s contact details are:
Telephone 01449 676060 or 01449 676280
There is a contact form on our website www.midsuffolkcab.org.uk/contact-us
Citizens Advice have been there for people in their time of need since we were established on the second day of World War Two. We will continue to do our utmost to ensure that anyone who needs help to find a way forward receives that help.