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Public Health information about the coronavirus

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Below is a statement from Jennifer Connolly, Director of Public Health at the Council:


(Last updated on Friday 20 March 2020)


Director of Public Health for Stockport, Jennifer Connolly said: “the most recent advice from Government is that we should all be taking responsibility to limit contact between each other in order to reduce the spread of Coronavirus (social distancing). This advice applies to everybody but for those who are over 70 years old, have an underlying health condition or are pregnant then these people need to be more careful at following this advice which is to:


•avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough



•avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible



•work from home, where possible



•avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs



•avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media



•use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services



It remains crucial for everyone to wash their hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to.


To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel.


There’s lots of advice on how people can protect themselves online on the NHS website. Please keep up to date with this trusted guidance in addition to following the Council's website and social media accounts."



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