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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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Tetanus is a disease caused by bacteria found in soil and animal faeces entering the body through open wounds. It is easily preventable and most people in the UK are vaccinated against the disease.


Symptoms can present themselves at the site of injury as well as the characteristic “lockjaw”. Local symptoms are rare and will involve muscle twitches at the site of injury which should subside over a few weeks. If the toxin has spread through the system then this brings on the general feeling of discomfort or unease, involuntary muscle spasms, clenching of the jaw, stiffness of the neck and back. There will be a significant rise in temperature and the heart rate as well as an increased rate of breathing.


Tetanus requires hospitalization as antibiotics and immunoglobulin (a substance to neutralise the toxin) are required to control the disease and spasms, and also to prevent respiratory problems.


Although tetanus is well controlled in most of the western hemisphere, no country is free of the bacteria which causes tetanus. The risk may be lower in some countries, therefore maintaining a high traveller immunity is important through vaccinating.


The best form of prevention is to ensure your vaccination schedule is up to date and you have had your booster when it is due. While travelling be careful to avoid injury, and if you have a penetrating wound then it should be checked by a healthcare professional.


There is a vaccination available in the UK as a single booster dose for children the age of 10 upwards which provides 10 years of cover. This is available from our pharmacy for £20, for further information contact the pharmacy team on 02089021328.

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