Coronavirus, or Covid-19, is a very infectious virus which emerged at the end of 2019. It quickly spread across the world from Wuhan in China where it originated.
Here at Carelink24, we have been working hard throughout the pandemic to make sure all our customers continue to receive the excellent service they deserve. We will keep updating this article as news about the virus emerges. However, you can be assured that your Carelink alarm service will not be affected in any way. We are taking every precaution to keep our Care Team safe, with as many people as possible working from home.
What is Coronavirus?
Coronavirus is actually the name for a group of viruses. Covid-19 is the specific type of coronavirus which has spread throughout the world this year.
Most people who get Covid-19 will have moderate symptoms including fever, coughing, and a loss of smell or taste. However, some people in vulnerable groups are at a higher risk of severe illness.
Who is most at risk from Coronavirus?
People at higher risk from coronavirus fall into one of two categories: clinically vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable.
Clinically vulnerable people include:
- People aged 70 or over
- Those with pre-existing conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, heart failure, diabetes, kidney or liver disease.
- People with conditions affecting the brain or nerves e.g. Parkinson's disease or multiple sclerosis
- Anyone who is pregnant
Clinically extremely vulnerable people include:
- Anyone who has had an organ transplant
- People receiving chemotherapy or intense radiotherapy
- People who have certain cancers including leukaemia
- Anyone with a severe lung condition like cystic fibrosis
- Anyone who is pregnant and has a serious heart condition
For a full list of vulnerable groups, see the NHS website.
Everyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable should have received a letter from the NHS.
What should I do?
The most important thing you can do is to wash your hands frequently with soap and water. This is the most effective way to stop the virus spreading. If soap and water are not available, you should use hand sanitiser instead.
You should also avoid touching your face before washing your hands. You should cough into the crook of your elbow and use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze.
What are the latest lockdown rules?
As you will no doubt be aware, there are important restrictions in place across the UK. Firstly, you should stay 2 metres away from anybody who does not live in your household. You can meet with people outdoors in groups of up to 6, while maintaining 2 metres distance at all times.
In addition, if an adult lives alone or with dependent children only, they can form a 'support bubble' with one other household. Members of a support bubble can spend time inside each other's homes and stay overnight without needing to stay 2 metres apart.
From 15 June 2020, face coverings are compulsory on public transport in England.
What to do if you have symptoms
If you have a fever, a new, continuous cough, or a loss of your sense of taste or smell, everyone in your household should self-isolate immediately. You should request a coronavirus test on the NHS website. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy, or hospital until you are instructed to do so. Try to stay as far away from other members of your household as possible.
If you live with someone who is starting to show symptoms of Covid-19, you should also self-isolate at home for at least 14 days.
How Carelink24 can help
If you are worried about your health and wellbeing during this crisis, a Carelink alarm can give you peace of mind. Our 24-hour Care Team can give you advice and help you find the right information.
Furthermore, as we all spend more and more time in our homes, some older people might be worried about falls. If you or someone you know lives alone, they might be very concerned about the thought of falling with no one around to help them up. A Carelink alarm means you can call for assistance with the touch of a button. For more information, see our Carelink guide or call us on 0800 0076 247.