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The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
  • New continuous cough and/or
  • High temperature
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness If you have coronavirus symptoms:
  • Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
  • You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home
  • Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home
  • Plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household
  • Ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
  • Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
  • If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999
  • Visit NHS 111 Online for more information

Stay at Home
  • If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (See ending isolation section below for more information)
  • If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill
  • It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
  • For anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period. (See ending isolation section below for more information
  • If you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
  • If you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible
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Polio is an acute viral infection of the gut spread by the faecal-oral route through contact. This is more common in countries with poor sanitation and close contact in cramped unsanitary conditions.


A large majority of polio cases show no symptoms. However those which do show symptoms are ones which are undistinguishable from other diseases for example a sore throat, fever, nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea etc. As the disease advances it can lead to some symptoms of meningitis such as a stiff neck and upper back, finally it can end up causing paralysis which can sometimes lead to permanent paralysis even after recovery.


Treatment for polio requires hospital support such as intubation, mechanical ventilation and antibiotics if respiratory paralysis occurs. Polio must be reported to a healthcare professional so it can be dealt with properly.


Those most at risk are those travelling in areas of poor sanitation for prolonged periods of time. All UK travellers should ensure that they are up to date with their vaccination schedules before travelling to reduce their risk. Being wary of food and drink and keeping a good hand cleaning technique are ideal tactics to reduce risk.


There are various ways to prevent polio such as making sure you eat food that is cooked properly, avoiding buffets and food which has been prepared in advance. If you are interested in the local cuisine make sure the person preparing it washes their hands and cooks the food fresh in front of you. Do not drink tap water and avoid ice cubes in drinks, instead always use bottled water. A thorough hand washing technique is important, using antibacterial hand gel when possible. The most effective form of prevention is vaccination against the disease itself.


Vaccination against polio is available in the UK as a single booster dose for children aged 10 upwards, providing 10 years immunisation. For further information please contact the pharmacy team on 02089021328.

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