COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called Coronavirus.
You can find local news and information about the virus on Derbyshire County Council’s website.
If you and/or the person you care for have symptoms of the virus, don't visit your GP surgery or pharmacist. Instead use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service which will give advice on what action (if any) you need to take. This includes whether you should manage the illness at home (which is the case for many people) or seek further medical advice. If the person you support is in the extremely vulnerable group (those who have received a letter from the NHS), it's important to seek medical advice from 111 as soon as symptoms appear.
Please note that if you live with someone who has symptoms, you and anyone else in the household will need to fully self isolate for 14 days from the day when their first symptons started. If you've had symptons yourself and recovered, you can leave the house for essential tasks 7 days after you first experienced symptoms. Please read the full 'stay at home' and self isolation advice on the Gov.uk website
You can also find advice on social distancing and shielding of the extremely vulnerable on the Gov.uk website. This includes advice for carers who are looking after someone who is following sheilding guidance.
If you can't get out to fetch shopping or prescriptions becuase you are ill or self isolating, contact the Derbyshire Community Response Unit who will be able to assist.
Carers UK and Carers Trust have teamed up to provide helpful advice for unpaid carers who may be worried about Coronavirus including a useful section where they answer carers' frequently asked questions.
Derbyshire County Council have put together a web page for carers listing support lines and websites providing wellbeing advice and guidance.
If you haven’t already got a Carers Emergency Plan in place, take a look at our advice on planning for emergencies including the type of things to include and think about.
This is a very stressful time for us all, particularly for those of us who are worried about our own health and/or that of a loved one. It can also be tough emotionally if you have to isolate at home and/or socially distance yourself.
Derbyshire County Council have collected together a list of websites, support lines, videos, and apps with some great tips to help you to look after your emotional health at this time. You can also see our emotional health and wellbeing page.April 03 2020