5 Things You Need To Know About COVID-19
Updated 13th March 23.00hrs, updated 21st March 00.00hrs, this page may be updated as necessary.
Coronavirus COVID-19 is a relatively new virus that can affect lungs and airways.
There is currently no specific treatment for this type of coronavirus.
It is also highly infectious according to the W.H.O (World Health Organisation Coronavirus Link).
It is now officially classed as an epidemic, as of Friday 13th March 2020 there are currently over 140,000 known cases worldwide, however the real figure is unknown as many cases have not yet come to light.
According to the worlds top experts, the elderly and people with pre-existing conditions are the most at risk of complications which could not only lead to serious illness but also in worse case scenarios even death.
Boris Johnson has been closely monitoring the situation across Europe and other parts of the world.
The Prime Minister has been taking expert advice from the Chief Medical Officer, Chief Science adviser and various other departments including the National Health Service, (link)
Things are developing at almost an hourly rate with Coronavirus, infection numbers are rising daily with over 700 known cases in the U.K, unfortunately the real numbers are likely to be higher, much higher.
The actual number of infected people is believed to be between 5,000 to 10,000 as a conservative figure.
As of this evening most major sports have been cancelled, mass gatherings of more than 500 people will also be discussed and may very well be banned in the next few days. (to be confirmed)
Schools and colleges are currently operating as normal, however this is being monitored and may change in the coming days.
UPDATED 21st March 00.00hrs
The British government along with advice from scientific and medical experts have decided that all school and educational establishments will now close, today 20th March.
They will however provide support for key workers and their children.
The government has also decided to close all pubs, restaurants, clubs and gyms to restrict people socialising together and possibly spreading the virus throughout the communities.
What are Coronavirus symptoms and how to protect yourself?
Coronavirus infects the lungs, according to scientists the symptoms start with a fever (high temperature), followed by a dry cough and breathing difficulty.
According to scientists, symptoms take an average of five days to show, but for some people it will take longer.
The incubation period is approximately 14 days from symptoms showing.
How to protect yourself from Coronavirus?
The experts advice to protect yourself from Coronavirus starts with hand washing.
As simple as it sounds, a thorough hand wash with soap and hot water and the use of sanitiser gel will help.
When coughing or sneezing, use a tissue to catch any droplets and then dispose of the tissue.
Once you have disposed of the tissue it is recommended to wash your hands or use hand sanitiser gel.
Avoid touching your face, including eyes, mouth and nose.
Also be sure to avoid any person that shows initial symptoms of a cold or flu.
What should you do if you suspect that you have Coronavirus?
If you suspect or have Coronavirus symptoms, you should immediately self isolate.
If you have a temperature above 37.8c or dry continuous cough then again you must self isolate for at least seven days to rule out the possibility that you may have COVID-19.
Current advice by the government is to ensure that you do not visit your G.P. hospital or call 111 if you have initial symptoms.
However, if you are feeling extremely unwell, it is suggested to call NHS Direct on 111 for further advice.
The scale of the Coronavirus pandemic is changing on an hourly basis.
Regarding any travel advice to Europe or any other worldwide country, we suggest that you visit the FCO dedicated travel advice page and also sign up for email alerts, simply click the following (link) to be taken to the official travel advice UK government website.
The safety of our clients and indeed chauffeurs is paramount in these unprecedented times.
Any chauffeur showing any symptom whatsoever, will immediately self isolate and advise us in order to contact any client that he may have been in close contact with.
The interior of our chauffeur vehicles have always been spotlessly cleaned and checked before and after every booking.
However, due to further advise, based on NHS guidelines we are now taking the following additional steps.
Vehicle interiors will be cleaned down with a Dettol anti-bacterial spray with further attention taken to the main touch points e.g. door handles, arm rests etc. after every booking undertaken.
We will no longer shake a clients hand upon greeting due to the possibility of unknown cross contamination.
Sanitizing hand gel, anti-bacterial wipes and tissues are available for passengers in all our vehicles including throw away bags which can be sealed upon use.
Newspapers and magazines will not be provided until further notice.
Sealed water bottles will be wiped down with anti-bacterial wipes before clients consumption.
We hope that the steps we take will go some way to making your onward journey safe, and we can all hopefully move forward and stop the spread of coronavirus to many others.
Travelling using public transport will become extremely challenging over the coming days and weeks, if you feel that your business or yourself could benefit from the use of our chauffeur service please contact us for an informal, confidential, no obligation chat to discuss all available options.
If you feel the need to clarify any of these points please do not hesitate to contact us.
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