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Coronavirus Advice

At Stafford House we take the health and welfare of our community very seriously. With the Coronavirus being a concern for us all, we have put together some quick guides for you to follow when you are outside and if you need to self-isolate.

Please visit our school status page for up to date information on the situation in our schools

These guides are based on the latest official advice on the virus, if you need further advice call 111 in the UK or 1-833-784-4397 in Canada.

NHS Coronavirus advice (UK)

UK Local COVID alert levels: what you need to know

Government of Canada Coronavirus advice

 

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

 

Source: NHS UK

 

How to prevent further spread of Coronavirus:

  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • wash your hands often, for 20 seconds and with soap and water or use hand sanitizer
  • avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • stay home if you are sick
  • practice new ways of greeting that allow you to maintain social distance
If you get a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, call 111 in the UK or 1-833-784-4397 in Canada.

 

Coronavirus(COVID-19) Self-isolation Advice

 

What to do if you live in shared accommodation

If you live in shared accommodation (for example, student house, homestay or residence):

  • stay in your room with the door closed, only using communal kitchens, bathrooms and living areas when necessary
  • avoid using a shared kitchen while others are using it
  • take your meals back to your room to eat
  • use a dishwasher (if available) to clean and dry your used dishes and cutlery; if this is not possible, wash them by hand using detergent and warm water and dry them thoroughly, using a separate tea towel
  • if you are in a home stay, talk to your host / the school about your meals and shopping
  • if you are in residence, talk to the residence staff / the school about your meals and shopping
  • ask your friends not to visit you except for delivering food or shopping. They should leave this outside your door.

 

What to do about school or other responsibilities

During an outbreak, it is important to reduce the risk of further spread of the infection. Please contact your school and inform them that you have to self isolate. It can help to:

  • talk to those around you about the importance of self-isolation to reduce the risk of spreading infection at school
  • make plans with your friends on how to manage shopping
  • ask people not to visit your home while you’re self-isolating

 

I am finding this hard, what should I do?

For some people self-isolation can be boring or frustrating. You may find your mood and feelings being affected and you may feel low, worried or have problems sleeping.

There are simple things you can do that may help, such as staying in touch with friends and relatives on the phone or by social media. You can also talk to us at the school for advice, we are here to help.

 

 

How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into school
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

 

What does SELF-ISOLATING mean?

If you have been told to self-isolate, you need to stay indoors and avoid contact with other people for 14 days.
It is important to follow the advice for the whole period, even if you do not have any symptoms.

  • stay at home
  • separate yourself from other people – for example, try not to be in the same room as other people at the same time
  • only allow people who live with you to stay
  • ask friends or delivery services to carry out errands for you, such as getting groceries, medicines or other shopping
  • stay in a well-ventilated room with a window that can be opened

 

What should you DO when self-isolating

  • make sure you tell delivery drivers to leave items outside for collection if you order online
  • clean toilets and bathrooms regularly
  • think about a bathroom schedule if a separate bathroom is not available, with the isolated person using the facilities last, before thoroughly cleaning the bathroom themselves
  • use separate towels from anyone else in the household
  • wash dishes and utensils thoroughly with soap and water; dishwashers may be used to clean dishes and cutlery
  • stay away from animals – if unavoidable, wash your hands before and after contact

 

What you should not do when self-isolating

do not invite visitors to your home or residence or allow visitors to enter

do not go to school or public areas

do not use public transport like buses, trains, tubes or taxis

do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, bedding or other items with other people in your home or residence

 

What if I develop symptoms?

If you get a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, self-isolate and contact the school. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. If your condition gets worse or your symptoms do not improve after 7 days call 111 in the UK or 1-833-784-4397 in Canada. and tell them you have self-isolated because of coronavirus.

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