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The latest information about coronavirus (COVID-19), including testing and tracing and shielding.

Information about coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Get the latest NHS information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19), a new illness that affects your lungs and airways.

Further information can also be found on the Government UK website www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Advice for people at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)

If you're at high risk (clinically extremely vulnerable) from coronavirus (COVID-19), there are extra steps you're advised to take to protect yourself.

These extra steps are called shielding.

Information:

  • This advice is for people who have received a letter from the NHS saying they're at high risk.
  • If you're not sure whether you're at high risk, see who's at higher risk from coronavirus.

In England, from 6 July 2020:

  • you do not need to try to stay 2 metres away from people you live with
  • you can meet with 1 other household if you live alone or you’re a single parent who lives alone with your children – this is called a support bubble
  • you can meet outside with people you do not live with, in groups of up to 6 – as long as you stay 2 metres away from each other

People at high risk from coronavirus will no longer be advised to shield from 1 August 2020.

See GOV.UK: plans to ease guidance for over 2 million shielding.

Further advice about shielding can be found here: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/people-at-higher-risk/advice-for-people-at-high-risk

Pregnancy and coronavirus

There is a dedicated page on the NHS website (www.nhs.uk/pregnancy-and-coronavirus) which is regularly updated and has all the latest information about being pregnant during this coronavirus period. It also has links to helpful resources including a range of topical videos and leaflets and an animation.

A series of NHS COVID-19 leaflets for pregnant women and new mothers are available in a range of languages.

A series of videos have also been produced videos with Baby Buddy and Best Beginnings to help remind pregnant women about some of the issues that they need to look out for when pregnant.

Support in Wakefield

If you can't get out for things you need and you don't have any friends, family or support available within the community, help is available. This helpline is for anyone who is alone and needs help with essentials like shopping and medication. Call: 0345 8 506 506 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. Choose option 3 to make a request for support and help will be arranged.

Community hubs have also been set up in Wakefield so that local voluntary sector organisation can be supported to continue to serve the local communities: https://www.nova-wd.org.uk/

NHS Volunteer Responders – now open for self-referrals

The scheme is now open for self-referrals for people who have been advised to shield and those most at risk who are isolating at home from coronavirus. These people can ask volunteers for short-term help by calling 0808 196 3646 between 8am and 8pm. You can find more information about the programme at www.nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk

Working carers and coronavirus

This area of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership website has been developed to help unpaid carers who work look after the person they care for, and themselves, during these unprecedented times. It covers: money worries; your rights as an employee; looking after your mental and physical health; healthy eating; looking after the person you care for; looking after children's mental and physical health; and help to reset lives https://www.wyhpartnership.co.uk/our-priorities/unpaid-carers/working-carers-and-covid-19

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