Coronavirus, or Covid-19, is a crucial topic currently, so we have created a short guide to help you understand it, and how it affects life insurance.
Firstly, under current government advice the single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives. All people will need to comply with the new guidance and be aware of the 4 exceptions to them.
You should only leave the house for one of four reasons.
- Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
- One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household.
- Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
- Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home
If you have experienced any of the following symptoms you should self-isolate at home:
- High temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
- A new, continuous cough – coughing repeatedly for a long period of time
Other symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
- In severe cases, pneumonia symptoms and organ failure
How long should you stay home for?
I you have symptoms; you should stay at home for at least 7 days. If you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the person got symptoms. If you live with someone who is over 70, or has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to stay somewhere else for 14 days. If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.
If you feel like you have coronavirus, and you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, your symptoms worsen or you don’t get better after 7 days, use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service.