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This page contains information about the current outbreak of the coronavirus (or COVID-19, its official name), and provides advice for people that use Mind in Kingston services.
The World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus as a public health emergency of international concern. The .
1. What is coronavirus?
The coronavirus is a type of virus; as a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. It is a new type of virus so it isn’t known how it is spread but it is likely that it is spread via cough droplets, and not via packages or food.
Generally, people experience mild to moderate symptoms and recover within 2-14 days. The coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.
2. What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
The symptoms of coronavirus are:
· a cough
· a high temperature
· shortness of breath
These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.
If you feel unwell, seek the advice of a health professional by calling your GP or the 111 NSH Helpline (see section 3 below).
3. Government Advice
The government is advising people to stay alert, observing these measures to reduce spreading the coronavirus:
You can spend time outdoors for instance to sit in a park or sunbathe and you can meet people outside your household one at a time, ensuring you keep 2 meters (6 ft) apart. You can also do some sports and go to garden centres, provided you observe social distancing at all times.
You currently are not able visit family or friends, visits gyms or leisure centres, use playgrounds or outdoor gyms, visit ticketed attractions or gather in groups of more than two people (excluding people from your own household.
If you display coronavirus symptoms or if you are self-isolating you should stay at home.
For medical advice, call your GP practice or 111, the NHS helpline. You can also check the 111 online coronavirus service for advice at https://111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19.
The check what you can and cannot do, please visit the government's website by clicking here.
4. What you can do to minimise the spread of viruses
It is important that you help to reduce the risk of spreading the virus by following the NHS steps of Catch It, Bin It, Kill It. If you live with others, we advise that you pass on these steps to them as well:
· wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
· always wash your hands when you get home, to work or other places
· use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
· cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
· put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
· try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
· do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
The majority of people who are affected by coronavirus will experience mild to moderate symptoms and will recover within 2-14 days. If you have any existing conditions, we advise you to take precautions and limit exposure to other people - this will ensure that the risk of contracting the virus will be kept to a minimum. Please check in with your GP, care coordinator, CPN, psychiatryst or other health professional and follow their advice.
5. Mind in Kingston’s Services
Mind in Kingston remains committed to maintaining the safety of our service users, as well as our staff, volunteers, trustees and colleagues from other organisation. As we are able to work from home, we will continue to do so for the time being. We are continually reviewing the government's advice and will reopen services when it is safe to do so.
In the meantime, we are available by phone on 020 8255 3939 for support, general advice, information and signposting.
Most services are provided by phone or video, including Counselling, Get Set to Go, Art Workshops, Football, Wellbeing Wednesdays and Mental Health Awareness Training. Please visit our social media pages for updates on courses, services and other (mostly free) initiatives.
6. Reviewing this page
This page is reviewed daily and updated when the government updates its advice. This page was last reviewed o the 19th of May 2020.