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Posted on 16 Mar 2020
Covid-19 confirmation that the UK has officially moved from containment into delay phase.
The case definition has changed as of today:
• Anyone with a new persistent cough and/or fever should self-isolate for 7 days; do not call 111 or contact other healthcare providers.
• If symptoms deteriorate and they feel they need medical care - contact NHS 111.
• There is no need to identify/test every case – testing will only be done for those in hospitals with symptoms.
• There are no geographic limits.
• All school trips abroad will be banned.
• Those aged over 70 with pre-existing medical conditions are advised not to go on cruises.
• When we near the peak (potentially by the end of May) whole households will self-isolate if one member has symptoms. This will be enacted closer to the time.
• The Government is considering banning major events (but not yet in place).
However, we know people will likely contact NHS 111 and/or their practice. NHS 111 will increase capacity to deal with the inevitable increase in demand over the next few days until the new advice has bedded in. If patients call the practice concerned they might have Covid-19, they should be provided with the latest advice, which is to self-isolate for 7 days and if their symptoms worsen, they should contact NHS 111. If a patient presents with symptoms they should be advised to self-isolate for 7 days. The advice from Government is to go to NHS 111 online first and not to call.