The total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus on the Isle of Wight has risen from 11 to 13 today (Tuesday), according to official statistics.
Despite there being just 13 cases locally, 2 people have sadly died at St Mary’s Hospital. Although the number of confirmed cases is low, it doesn’t mean that there are not other cases within the community with individuals self-isolating and recovery at home without being tested.
Patients admitted to hospital are currently being treated in an isolation ward with the NHS using the as-was stroke unit for such purposes. Island Echo understands that the Laidlaw building is also being cleared to be used as an additional area.
As of 09:00 on 31st March 2020, 25,150 people have been confirmed as having coronavirus. 1,789 patients have died nationally to date, including 2 men on the Isle of Wight.
For the latest information on coronavirus here on the Isle of Wight visit https://www.islandecho.co.uk/category/coronavirus/.
Symptoms of coronavirus
The symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a high temperature
- a cough
- shortness of breath
The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu. Research shows it takes, on average, around 5 days for symptoms to start showing.
If you are worried that you might have coronavirus
- Stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people, especially older or vulnerable people
- Call NHS 111 or use the online service https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 – you will be asked questions and given advice
- You should not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or St Mary’s Hospital without checking with NHS 111
How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- always wash your hands when you get home or into work
- 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