Reducing the risk of COVID-19
FACT SHEET FOR RELATIVES & VISITORS
Chanctonbury Health Care will ensure that all persons attending the home follow the WHO advice to reduce the risk of contracting the virus and reducing the risk of spreading it.
The following procedures must therefore be followed.
- Wash your hands regularly and properly by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
- Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing (social distancing). When someone coughs or sneezes, they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain the virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick
- Practice respiratory hygiene. Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately. Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19
- If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early. Stay home if have the above symptoms. Do not visit the care home. If you have a fever, cough and are having difficulty breathing, seek medical attention by calling your GP or 111. Do not go directly to your GP or hospital. Why? 111 and your GP will have the most up-to-date information on the situation. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to direct you quickly to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help to prevent the spread of viruses and other infections
- Stay informed and follow advice given by 111, your GP or Public Health England.
- If you feel unwell do not attend the care home.
- If you have traveled abroad do not visit the care home for 14 days after.
Relatives/Friends should wash their hands:
- Before leaving home
- On arrival to the care home.
- After using the toilet
- Before eating any food, including snacks
- Before leaving the care home.
- On arrival at home
CONTACT: Sandy Atkins, Operations Director