The first local case was confirmed by Public Health England last Saturday night and it hasn’t taken long for a second case to follow – a worrying development for those living locally, especially for the elderly population and their families.
It has not been revealed who the individuals are, where they live on the Island or where they have been. This has sparked some anger amongst the local community, who feel they should be told such information.
Island Echo is told the second case has recently travelled to Thailand.
As of 09:00 on 14th March 2020, 1,140 people have been confirmed as having coronavirus. 21 patients have died nationally to date.
In a statement issued tonight, it has been said that Public Health England staff continue working with the Isle of Wight Council and NHS colleagues to manage the impact of the virus on the Island.
Simon Bryant, the council’s director of public health, has said:
”I’d like to reassure people that the council is working with health colleagues to do everything we can to stop the virus spreading and ensure Islanders are protected.
“If you have not been contacted by Public Health England as a close contact of the confirmed cases you do not need to take any action at this time.
“Good hygiene is the best prevention and there are some simple steps you can take to protect you and your family by washing your hands regularly and thoroughly and if you cough, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue.
“If you have new symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for seven days from when your symptoms started.
“It is really important that in order to protect others, you don’t go to your doctor, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
“There’s lots of advice on how people can protect themselves and others online at www.gov.uk/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