Information for the public on COVID-19

What is COVID-19 and what are the symptoms?

COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in December 2019. It is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection:

  • cough
  • difficulty in breathing
  • fever

Generally, these infections can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

Where to look for general advice on keeping yourself and those around you healthy and safe:

Dudley Council’s coronavirus advice page: https://www.dudley.gov.uk/council-community/emergencies/coronavirus-advice

Government information and advice: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response/

Guidance from The World Health Organisation on how to best protect yourself against infection: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

NHS overview: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

NHS common questions: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/common-questions/

 

Your wellbeing

Mind (mental health charity) are offering advice around how to help your wellbeing if you are required to self-isolate or worried about the coronavirus and covers the following areas: Plan for staying at home or indoors/ take care of your mental health and wellbeing & a checklist to see if you are ready to stay at home for two weeks?

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

Sport England tips for keeping active at home: 

https://www.sportengland.org/news/how-stay-active-while-youre-home?fbclid=IwAR1fgBzNtX-fOJbCqH4MeL3v2aTrb5nKCuhzUJX4rPcgPL-WQJE4iA0WuA4

 

Local information

Latest updates from Dudley Council: https://www.dudley.gov.uk/council-community/emergencies/coronavirus-advice/

Scam warning from police: https://west-midlands.police.uk/news/coronavirus-scam-warning-protect-yourself-and-your-details-fraudsters?fbclid=IwAR2S9yA9BGNF-cA7I04sLl_SxnLeNWtdY7FeUlNBukV59zUoW-nio5uJfBQ

 

Looking to help with local COVID-19 efforts?

Could you as an individual or your group/organisation help to support local vulnerable people?

Voluntary organisation & community group INFORMATION & ADVICE

Information and guidance for your organisation including, keeping healthy and safe, where to look for information on charity finance and fundraising, managing your organisation, local updates and useful resources.

COVID-19 COMMUNITY ACTION AND SUPPORT

Co-ordinating community response to COVID-19 in Dudley borough.