Anyone with either of the two main symptoms ie fever or persistent dry cough should self-isolate along with all members of their household for 14 days. If symptoms are mild contact NHS111 online do not phone call. Dial 111 only in emergency.

If you have conditions that cause you to be advised to have a flu vaccine, or are pregnant you should take greater care in distancing yourself from others.

Here at the Forum we suggest some emergency planning should be put in place should you become infected.

Make a list of all household members with date of birth and GP. List conditions, medications including dosage and time to be taken. List allergies. And any further instructions should you be unable to provide your caring responsibilities. Place the paper in an envelope and mark it clearly, placing it in full view on entering your home. 

Talk to family and friends to see if anyone can take over for you whilst you self isolate. Or at least run errands and deliver shopping. If you find yourself completely stuck Dudley Council Offer an Emergency Support Scheme 01384 818732. It is expected that the scheme will be fully stretched so try to get help elsewhere first if you can.

Lunch on the Run

Due to the current disruption in services we are happy to help! We have kitchen facilities with experienced staff on hand to prepare, transport to distribute hot and cold food in large quantities. Currently, as a precaution we have no trainees on site, limited buffets and our coffee shop is closed. We are continuing to provide 70 nursery children with a hot meal and pudding each day. If anyone is interested in using our services please do not hesitate to get in touch our telephone number is 01384 217050.

Transport for West Midlands have joined forces with bus operators and West Midlands Metro to lift peak time travel pass restrictions to help older people get to the shops during the #Coronavirus outbreak.

Concessionary Pass holders can travel before 9.30am

From Dudley Group of Hospitals volunteers

Want to get personal items to a patient on our wards?
During our restriction on visiting, our wonderful volunteers have offered to take any parcels to your loved ones. Drop them off, clearly labelled, at main reception at Russells Hall Hospital and they will deliver them to the ward for you.

Here at the Forum we hope to operate as normal. However we are aware of some support groups that have suspended their meetings until further notice, contact operators before travelling. Keep checking back for updates of our activities.

We have also had the following advice from the NHS with regards to taking ibuprofen when you have Covid-19;

There has been concern about the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) in relation to Covid-19 following a statement by the French Health Minister (a clinician) advising against the use of ibuprofen. This statement was based on provisional information reported from French care settings which UK authorities have not seen and is, to date, unpublished. There is no current literature on the impact of NSAIDs use in Covid-19. There appears to be some evidence for SARS 1 that there may be an adverse impact on pneumonia. There is also some literature suggesting NSAIDs may increase complications from simple acute respiratory infections or slow recovery. However the evidence is not conclusive overall. There appears to be no evidence that NSAIDs increase the chance of acquiring Covid-19. In view of the current lack of clarity the Commission on Human Medicines (an advisory body of MHRA) and NICE have been asked to review the evidence. It is therefore suggested that, in the interim, for patients, who have confirmed Covid-19 or believe they have Covid-19, that they use paracetamol in preference to NSAIDs. Those currently on NSAIDs for other medical reasons (e.g. arthritis) should not stop them. This position will be kept under constant review. Professor Stephen Powis NHS England Medical Director.

https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/…/uk-coronavirus-help-an…/ this is a useful link for financial information and benefits in regards to self isolation and sick pay. It also has information on utilities and those who may be on a meter with details of who to contact if people cannot get out to top up gas and electricity.

Message from Linda Dines, Rethink.
I am no longer able to offer face to face support due to the current Covid-19 situation. I am able to offer support by phone and email still.

From WM Police
The news channels, social media and conversations are dominated by Coronavirus so we are using this WMNow message to provide some crime prevention tips specific to the outbreak of this virus.
Times like these can bring out the best and worst in people. While some will be looking out for vulnerable relatives and friends we also know a small minority will be looking to profit from worry and concerns.
Action Fraud has received multiple reports about fraud linked to Coronavirus. We are therefore asking you to share some crime prevention advice with loved ones to ensure they aren’t tricked by fraudsters taking advantage of people’s worries.
In recent weeks they’ve seen reports about coronavirus-themed phishing emails attempting to trick people into opening malicious attachments or revealing sensitive personal and financial information.
One tactic used by fraudsters is to contact potential victims over email claiming to be able to provide a list of coronavirus infected people in their area. In order to access this information, the victim needs to click on a link, which leads to a malicious website, or is asked to make a payment in Bitcoin.
People have also made purchases and paid money from online sellers that have never arrived. The number of these reports are expected to rise as the virus continues to spread across the world.
Please share the below crime prevention advice with friends and family members so fraudsters cannot profit during this time.
Don’t click on links or attachments in suspicious emails
Do not respond to unsolicited messages asking for personal/financial information
Install latest software and updates on devices
If you are looking at making purchases on sites you don’t know or trust then make sure you do research of the company first before making the purchase, ask family and friends for advice
If you do decide to make payment use a credit card as the majority of credit card providers insure purchases made online
Keep in contact with your loved ones, especially if elderly or more vulnerable and make sure they are safe and comfortable

We are also aware of hate crime cases of a racially aggravated nature involving abuse connected to Coronavirus. We are also aware that there may be incidents that are not being reported to us.
We take all reports of hate crime seriously and, in order to respond to this, we need to know about it. If you feel you have been targeted please contact us via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and midnight, call 101 anytime and in an emergency remember to use 999.


01384 572404

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