Around Ealing Coronavirus Special - Page 3

CORONAVIRUS Stay a safe distance 2 metres (6ft) Everyone is being asked to play their part in ‘flattening the curve’ of the spread of coronavirus through social distancing measures. When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we reduce the spread of the infection. B y slowing the number of people contracting the COVID-19 virus, we can help to stop the ‘peak’ of infection from becoming too huge and overwhelming our emergency services. If too many people become seriously unwell at one time, the NHS will be unable to cope. This will cost lives. Social distancing can save lives by protecting those who may be most vulnerable in our community. Even if you do not have symptoms you can still spread the virus. If you do go outdoors you must always keep a two-metre (or six-foot) gap between you and other people to avoid contagion – and then thoroughly wash your hands when you get back. That is why the council has closed leisure centres, libraries, outdoor play areas, gyms and tennis courts. Social distancing is important because coronavirus spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes out small droplets – packed with the virus – into the air. These can be breathed in if you are within two metres of the infected person. Alternatively, the droplets cause an infection if you touch a surface they have landed on, and then touch your face with unwashed hands. Unless you are officially designated a ‘key worker’ by the government (such as NHS staff), or are helping someone vulnerable, the government requirement on most of us is to only leave the house for essential food and medicine supplies; but you can also exercise outdoors once a day – either alone, or with members of your household. You should work from home wherever possible and avoid unnecessary travel on public transport. You are advised to use telephone (111) or online services ( to contact the NHS – call your GP rather than visit – and to keep in touch with friends and family using phones, the internet and social media. Anyone designated as being at-risk, such as those aged over-70 and those with underlying health conditions, should stay at home and cut off all non-essential physical interaction with others. If you are in these categories and need help from the community, see pages four-five of this magazine on Ealing Together. More advice from the government on all of the above is available online at Gov.UK – and also in a variety of different languages at uk/coronavirus-information. Symptoms? If you, or someone you live with, has: n A high temperature, or n A new, continuous cough …you should self-isolate and not leave home for any reason. If you live alone, you should not leave your home for seven days. If you live with others, all of you need to remain inside the home for 14 days. Find out more online at (or, if you do not have internet access, call 111). around ealing   Coronavirus 3