Islanders are being encouraged to consider ways to keep themselves, their loved ones and those in the local community safe, particularly the isolated and vulnerable, during a COVID-19 outbreak.
Neighbourhood Watch has issued a list of 10 actions you can take to protect yourself and those around you.
Although there are no confirmed coronavirus COVID-19 cases on the Isle of Wight, it is feared that it won’t be long until the Island is affected. The coronavirus can be serious for the elderly and those with underlying health issues.
In the UK there are 163 cases of COVID-19, with over 20,000 people tested. 2 people are reported to have died.
10 ways you can protect yourself, your loved ones and your community:
- Meet with household members, other relatives, friends and neighbours to discuss what to do if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your community and what the needs of each person will be.
- If your neighbourhood has a website or social media page, consider joining it to maintain access to neighbours, information, and resources. Alternatively, share phone numbers and email addresses particularly with those who are isolated or vulnerable.
- Consider establishing a ‘buddy’ system within your community to ensure everyone stays connected to COVID-19 related news, services and can receive support safely, such as essentials deliveries.
- Plan ways to care for those who might be at greater risk for serious complications.
- Choose a room in your home that can be used to separate sick household members from those who are healthy.
- Learn how to self-isolate. Guidance can be found on the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/
- Create a list of local organisations that you and your neighbours can contact in the event that one of you need access to information, healthcare services, support, or resources. Consider including organisations that provide mental health or counselling services, food, and other supplies.
- Create an emergency contact list of family, friends, neighbours, healthcare providers, teachers, employers, the local public health department, and other community resources.
- Learn about the emergency operations plan at your child’s school or childcare facility, and your employer’s emergency operations plan.
- Practice everyday preventive actions including regular hand washing.
For more information about the coronavirus visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/.