Staying safe and well during the Coronavirus pandemic

Useful information on prevention, symptoms and testing In order to keep yourself, your family and your community safe and well there are a number of things you can do.

If you develop any symptoms of coronavirus you must immediately self-isolate. If you are currently self-isolating or require any specific advice or support about self-isolation then please visit our self-isolation webpage.

Doncaster is on the fourth step of the government's roadmap out of lockdown Find out what you need to know on our Covid-19 Restrictions FAQ's page.

This means that:

  • There is no legal limits on social contact
  • Reopening of the remaining closed settings, including nightclubs and enable large events, including theatre performances, above the Step 3 capacity restrictions.
  • Larger events can go ahead.
  • There will be no legal limit on life events such as weddings.

Children and students will continue to attend face-to-face education in schools and colleges. There will be twice-weekly rapid testing for secondary and college pupils - in addition to regular testing for all teachers. Higher Education students at English universities on practical courses can also return.

Covid tests

If you develop symptoms of coronavirus you must book a test immediately, either by using the link below or by calling 119. 

You can also get free asymptomatic tests from the government website, your local pharmacy or the Mobile Testing Unit. Find out more on how to get asymptomatic testing kits via our testing page.

For more information on testing in Doncaster, both for those with symptoms and for rapid community testing for those without symptoms, visit our testing webpage.

We really need your help to stop the spread!

There are three simple actions we can do to keep on protecting each other:

Wash hands

Do:

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home

Don't

  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Cover face

Although face coverings are now not a legal requirement, they can aid in reducing the risk of spreading covid-19.

While face coverings do not protect you from contracting coronavirus, it is aimed at protecting people you come into contact with if you are asymptomatic.

A face covering is made of cloth or other textiles and covers the nose and mouth. 

Make space

Although social distancing is not mandatory under the current covid-19 guidance, it is a way to reduce your risk of catching or spreading coronavirus.

Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce the social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

For more information, the government have published frequently asked questions outlining what you can and can't do.

Public Health England has also created an easy-read guide to self-care during this time available to download in the downloads section.

Download the NHS COVID-19 app today

The NHS COVID-19 App is available to download on the App Store or get it on Google Play.

Protect your loved ones, get the Covid 19 app

Download on the app store Get it on Google Play

The NHS COVID-19 app, now available to download for free in England and Wales, is the fastest way to see if you're at risk from coronavirus. The faster you know, the quicker you can alert and protect your loved ones and community.

The app has a number of tools to protect you, including contact tracing, local area alerts and venue check-in. It uses proven technology from Apple and Google, designed to protect every user’s privacy. Get help downloading the app.

 

Information and advice to stay safe and well 

Using public transport

For questions regarding travel in South Yorkshire you can call the Traveline team on 01709 515151 between 8am and 6pm seven days or follow @TSYalerts  on Twitter. 

Support for carers

Carers (unpaid) are family, neighbours and friends who care for a person/s who could not manage without their vital support.

As the situation with coronavirus evolves, it's important to know what support is available to you as a carer.
Are you new to a caring role? Have your caring duties changed recently? Do you need to talk to someone about your caring role? 
Carer support gives you the opportunity to find out about help available locally and to help make plans for the future. Please see our page Support for family carers unpaid carers during Covid-19 

Please contact Doncaster Carer Reach Out Service in office time (or leave a message outside these times and we will call you back) on 01302 986900 or 07713 089 678. You can also email DoncasterCarers@makingspace.co.uk We will utilise social media as an alternative way to communicate via Twitter @CarersDoncaster and Doncaster Carer Reach Out Service Facebook page.

The links below hold vital information to help and assist at this extremely challenging time:

Making Space - Doncaster Carers Reach Out Service

Carers UK website - Coronavirus mental wellbeing

Carers UK website - Coronavirus guidance

 

Advice for those aged 60 and Over

The full new Government guidance is published here.

Clinically extremely vulnerable people are advised to follow the same guidance as everyone else. However, as someone who is at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill if you were to catch COVID-19, you should think particularly carefully about precautions you can continue to take. These precautions are included in the guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable.

Clinically vulnerable people are those who are:

  • aged 70 or over (regardless of medical conditions)
  • under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (that is, anyone instructed to get a flu jab each year on medical grounds):

    • chronic (long-term) mild to moderate respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
    • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
    • chronic kidney disease
    • chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
    • chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS) or cerebral palsy
    • diabetes
    • a weakened immune system as the result of certain conditions or medicines they are taking (such as steroid tablets)
    • being seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above)
  • pregnant

There is a further group of people who are defined, also on medical grounds, as clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus – that is, people with specific serious health conditions. 

Advice for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable

See our webpage dedicated to advice for those identified as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable. 

We know these are difficult times, so if you feel like you need a little extra support but have no one around to help then please get in touch with us! 

You can call our helpline Monday to Friday between 8.30am – 5pm on 01302 430300 

Advice if you're worried about someone

If you're worried about someone else, encourage them to use the NHS online coronavirus service or call 111.

For people living with cancer, there is more information on our coronavirus information for people living with cancer page.

Coping with bereavement

Help is available. You can find information on our Coping with bereavement webpage.

Visiting care homes

Please speak with the care home directly to find out their approach to visitors and keeping people safe during the pandemic. You can find the latest care home advise via the government website.

 

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Last updated: 16 September 2021 11:56:50