Coronavirus - Latest Information and Advice
How to prevent Coronavirus (COVID-19) from spreading:
There are simple things we can all do to help stop viruses like coronavirus spreading:
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 immediately.
Wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
Do not go directly to your GP, pharmacy, hospital or other healthcare setting.
Good infection control is the single most important thing we can all do in order to slow down
transmission of the COVID-19 virus.
These are simple things we can all do to reduce the risk of respiratory and other infections,
such as seasonal colds and flu.
STAY HOME – PROTECT THE NHS – SAVE LIVES
Latest information and updates
Communication with residents:
Surrey County Council
Coronavirus Community Advice and Information : https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/emergency-planning-and-community-safety/coronavirus
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Advice, Help in the Community and more: www.reigate-banstead.gov.uk/coronavirus
RBBC Press Release (30 March 2020) - 'Harlequin Theatre becomes community support centre to help vulnerable residents': http://www.reigate-banstead.gov.uk/news/article/238/harlequin_theatre_becomes_community_support_centre_to_help_vulnerable_residents
COVID-19 Survey of Community Support Services: https://www.carbs.org.uk/covid-19-survey-of-community-support-services
Public Health England (PHE)
PHE has tailored Every Mind Matters to provide advice and tips on how to manage anxiety during social distancing and isolation. People can find guidance, advice and tips on how to maintain mental wellbeing while at home, or if worried and anxious about the outbreak, there is the NHS site. There is also information availale on the Health Surrey website including information about local help available.
Other Useful Links:
- Guidance: Public Health England's 'Useful Links' published guidance for Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) (PDF, 90 Kb)
Public Information - Useful Links
- The latest NHS information – the first port of call for the public:
- The latest Government information and advice: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus; https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan
- Government Advice for Businesses: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19
- Email alerts from the government - If you would like to keep up-to-date with the government information as it comes out then you can sign-up to their Covid-19 response bulletin
Health and Wellbeing Advice
- Help and advice on mental wellbeing while staying at home.
- Self-Help Tools to help with stress and anxiety.
- Samaritans for help and support.
Local information and services
Gatwick Airport, passenger information: https://www.gatwickairport.com/at-the-airport/passenger-services/coronavirus
Anyone who wishes to volunteer in response to the Covid-19 outbreak can register with Voluntary Action Reigate & Banstead (VARB) here – REGISTER TO VOLUNTEER
Any organisation providing support in response to the Covid-19 outbreak should provide their details. These will be used to map services and ensure they receive updated information and support – REGISTER COVID 19 COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES
Scam Protection Advice
For the latest news on scams doing the rounds please see our dedicated page https://www.horleysurrey-tc.gov.uk/news/article/1028
There are increasing reports of criminals using concerns around Coronavirus to scam people, for example by knocking on doors to offer to purchase shopping or gaining access to properties or by claiming to be performing a deep-clean. If you hear of anyone being scammed or threatened in this regard, please encourage them to contact the Police. It's important the Police are aware so they can build accurate data around areas where scammers are operating and the number of victims - https://www.surrey.police.uk
Citizens Advice to report a scam.