We can all play our part to prevent the spread of coronavirus and to help protect the more vulnerable members of our communities.

Simple and effective things like regularly washing your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds can help stop the spread and also protect you and your community.

Check out the links below for tips, advice and to keep yourself up to date:

Wellbeing and Support

It is important that we try to make wise and kind choices.

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To protect our wellbeing and support others we should do whatever we can to avoid coming into contact with the virus and to be considerate to others. Specifically it is vital that we wash our hands and protect others by following good hygiene principles.

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Making wise and kind choices is about looking after ourselves and others. We can make a big difference by supporting loved ones and showing solidarity. This is a time to really celebrate our common humanity and treat everyone with empathy and compassion.

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This is likely to be a stressful time for lots of people. So the WHO also has some helpful guidance on how to cope with stress and help children cope too.

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Here are some more great action ideas for ways we can make a difference:

  1. Set an intention - make a personal commitment to make a positive impact each day for yourself and those around you, even if it is something small. 
  2. Look after your body - move your body each day even if indoors dancing round the living room. Load up on healthy fruit & veg to support your immune system. 
  3. Nurture relationships - Reach out digitally by sending messages to friends; remind them of a memory or let them know something you're grateful to them for.
  4. Help others - make some extra food and drop a meal off on the doorstep for a friend who is unwell. And encourage friends to make wise & kind choices too.
  5. Look for what's good - take some time to notice the world around you and be grateful for the good things. What can you appreciate even in difficult times? 
  6. Make the most of it. If you end up self-isolating or have events cancelled, how can you make the most of that time? eg learning a new skill.

And remember to be willng to reach out and ask for help when you need it too.


We can all make a difference in helping to reduce the impact of COVID-19 and this is vitally important for global happiness and wellbeing.

 

Source: Action for Happiness

 

Keep Calm

Keep Calm

Although the COVID-19 outbreak may feel like a nightmare scenario, there are lots of reasons to stay optimistic and hopeful. For example:

  • Scientists understand a lot about the virus and we have the ability to test for it 
  • Catching the virus isn't that easy (if we make wise & kind choices - see below)
  • In most cases symptoms are mild
  • Young people are at very low risk
  • Huge numbers of people have already recovered from it

So although we need to be careful, we should also stay calm and try to help others around us to stay calm and make wise & kind choices too.

There are more reasons to be reassured in this Guardian article

Daily practices of mindfulness and gratitude can be extremely beneficial to help us cope. And although we may have to spend less time face-to-face with others, we can still stay in touch with loved ones and take time to share appreciation and support others.

We are all familiar with the great British wartime phrase "Keep Calm and Carry On", which is normally good advice. But during a pandemic, although the Keep Calm part still applies, the Carry On bit isn't so helpful. That's where our wise and kind choices come in (see the Wellbeing and Support article).

In light of the latest expert advice, our recommendation is to avoid non-essential face-to-face gatherings to help slow the spread of the virus.  This will involve a lot of frustration and inconvenience, with lots of public events, meetings and other gatherings needing to be cancelled. But this is the right thing to do and will help save lives.

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And if you do need to self-isolate, don't cut yourself off. Use the phone or devices to keep in touch with family, loved ones and neighbours. 

Covid-19 Symptoms

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The three key symptoms are FeverCough and  Shortness of breath. Click on the picture above or here to find out more.

If you have these symptoms take immediate action: self-isolate and seek medical advice.

You can call 111 or go to  111.nhs.uk on the internet. 

Listen to the Experts

The COVID-19 pandemic is putting the wellbeing of  millions of people at risk. At this difficult time for the global community we can each play a vital role in helping to reduce the impact and look after ourselves and each other.

1. Listen to the experts

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Leading health authorities tell us that our actions now can reduce the burden on the healthcare systems and help save lives. We all need to respond.

With so much upheaval and 'fake news', it's vital we tune in to the facts and use these to guide us towards the wisest and kindest actions. It is very clear that how effectively a society responds makes a big difference. For the latest expert advice, visit the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The most important concept that we all need to understand is the importance of "flattening the curve" to delay the spread of the virus, as illustrated in the following two charts.

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In this first scenario (above), where we carry on with life as usual, cases of the virus will grow exponentially and overwhelm the healthcare system which has fixed capacity. In the second scenario (below), where we help to spread out cases over a longer period, the healthcare system is better able to cope, leading to far fewer deaths.

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 So even if we aren't in a high-risk category or area, our actions have the potential to reduce the burden on the health system and help save lives. 

Source: Action for Happiness