Health Advice to Protect Yourself and Others

The latest information on Coronavirus and the UK’s response and management can be found on the government website. News and guidance is being issued regularly so please read those sections too.

There is a free Government Coronavirus information service on WhatsApp. Add 07860 064422 in your phone contacts and then message the word ‘hi’ in a WhatsApp message to get started.

The government has set out its plan to return life to as near normal as we can, for as many people as we can, as quickly and fairly as possible in order to safeguard livelihoods, but in a way that is safe and continues to protect our NHS.

The self-isolation period for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection has been extended to 10 days.

Coronavirus FAQs clarify what you can and can’t do. Make sure you are up to date with the latest guidance:

Please also take a look at our COVID 19 Community Pack which contains other useful links and contacts.

Face masks/coverings

In England, you must wear a face mask or covering in the following settings:

  • public transport
  • indoor transport hubs (airports, rail and tram stations and terminals, maritime ports and terminals, bus and coach stations and terminals)
  • shops and supermarkets (places which are open to the public and that wholly or mainly offer goods or services for retail sale or hire)
  • indoor shopping centres
  • banks, building societies, and post offices (including credit unions, short-term loan providers, savings clubs and money service businesses)

From 8 August 2020 the list of places where face coverings must be worn by law is extended. View the full list:

Face coverings – when to wear one

NHS

Test and Trace: if you have symptoms of Coronavirus, order a test immediately at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119. 

The latest advice and information from the NHS can be found on the Coronavirus webpage of the NHS website.

Visiting your GP

Some local surgeries now have dedicated area where anyone with Covid-19 symptoms can be seen safely.

Residents of Wealden’s Retirement Living Courts

To help keep our retirement living courts free of COVID-19, we’ve produced some FAQs for our retirement living residents.

Health and wellbeing at home

While you are at home, there are number of ways you can keep fit and active: Staying in, happy and healthy

Advice is available to support your mental health and is supported by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge: Mental health and wellbeing guidance

The Government campaign to tackle loneliness has a website full of advice on how to help others or yourself if you are feeling lonely. #letstalkloneliness

E-Wellbeing is a new online service to support young people in Sussex with their wellbeing and mental health.

The Citizen’s Advice Bureau offers some good advice if you are struggling to pay your energy bills because of coronavirus.

Protect yourself from fraud

Unfortunately, we are aware of a number of scams taking advantage of the current circumstances.  Friends Against Scams has some helpful advice.