17 March: COVID-19 Update

The Scottish Government has published the following advice on limiting social contact to slow the spread of COVID-19. The general public are being asked to stay at home as much as possible and avoid unnecessary social contact.

People over 70 and those who have high risk and underlying health conditions are being strongly advised to stay at home as much as possible and significantly reduce unnecessary social contact. Those under 70 underlying health conditions are all those eligible for the flu vaccine. Those who have compromised immune systems will be contacted with specific advice in the coming days

The advice is that people should:

• minimise social contact by avoiding crowded areas and large gatherings, including religious congregations and smaller gatherings such as restaurants, pubs, bars, clubs, cinemas and gyms
• avoid using public transport as much as possible
• work from home when possible
• follow the latest health and travel advice, and follow basic hygiene precautions, such as washing hands frequently, not touching their face and covering their nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing

People showing symptoms suggestive of coronavirus should stay at home for seven days and only contact NHS 111 or their local GP if their symptoms worsen during that period.

Members of a household where someone has suspected symptoms should stay at home for 14 days. Common symptoms of coronavirus include: fever or a temperature of above 37.8, persistent cough.

This package of necessary measures comes into force with immediate effect.

Most schools in Shetland are closed this week. Across Scotland schools will remain open for the time being, however this decision will be consistently monitored and reviewed depending on the spread of the infection. Those who cannot work from home should continue to go to work unless advised by their employer or if they display symptoms.

These measures will be kept under constant review to try to slow down the spread of the infection.

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