For those of you who are living in or have children attending school, college or childcare in an area at level 4, we are asking you and everyone in your area to follow the Level 4 rules carefully. The general guidance for everyone in a Level 4 area can be found at www.mygov.scot
Symptoms of Covid 19
The main symptoms of Coronavirus are:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
If you are on treatment for cancer, it is very important to phone for advice if you become unwell
If you have more serious symptoms or they are getting worse please call 111 or 999
Any cancer patient worried about symptoms should call their existing cancer treatment helpline or the national Cancer Treatment Helpline on 0800 917 7711.
Cancer Research UK call 0808 800 4040 (Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm)
Macmillan Cancer Support call 0808 808 00 00 (every day, 9am - 5pm)
The NHS Inform Scotland website has up-to-date information and answers to frequently asked questions. https://www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus
Isolation note for work or benefits
What is social distancing?
Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).
They are to:
Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough
- Avoid non-essential use of public transport when possible
- Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information
- Avoid large and small gatherings in public spaces, noting that pubs, restaurants, leisure centres and similar venues are currently shut as infections spread easily in closed spaces where people gather together.
- Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media
- Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services
We strongly advise you to follow the above measures as much as you can and to significantly limit your face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible, particularly if you:
- are over 70
- have an underlying health condition
- are pregnant