With the UK experiencing a severe coronavirus outbreak, it’s not just the people at home who will be at risk.
Here are some basic safety tips to help ensure you’re well taken care of.
How to take care of yourself Before you go to the doctor, make sure your symptoms are under control and you’re comfortable.
Get checked up on your respiratory symptoms, such as cough, shortness of breath, short and shallow breathing and difficulty breathing.
If you have a cough, call your GP.
If there’s any risk of infection or if you have signs of infection, such a cough or fever, get tested.
Get vaccinated for the coronaviruses you’re most likely to catch before you go.
Get your flu shot before you leave home to help reduce the risk of catching the flu and catching it earlier.
Your GP will give you the vaccine and you can return home if you feel well.
If it’s too late to get the vaccine, it may still be available online or at your local pharmacies.
If not, call the NHS flu helpline to make an appointment.
Be careful if you get sick while you’re in hospital, as flu can make you more susceptible to catching the virus.
Get regular check-ups and if you need medical attention, get the care you need at home.
The NHS is also making it easier for people to get their flu shots.
You can get your shots in person at your GP’s office or online.
You may be able to get your shot in a different area of the hospital if your GP prescribes it.
What to wear when getting in contact with the public Emergency services can be busy.
You should dress for the weather.
If travelling outside the UK, you should wear: a hat and scarf (to protect you from the sun)