Due to a renewed outbreak of the virus in Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihul, the government has increased social contact restrictions.
An outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified in Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull.
Whilst the NHS, government and local authorities work together to control the spread of the virus, please adhere to the following contact restrictions, which have been re-introduced in the local areas:
When out, please wear a face covering and keep a 2 metre distance from others. Breathing in somebody else’s exhalations may allow airborne droplets carrying the virus to be inhaled into your respiratory system. Even if someone standing close to you does not have symptoms, they may be carrying the virus asymptomatically.
Keep your hands clean, and avoid touching your face with unwashed hands. If you have touched an infected surface, the virus can be transferred by your hand to your lungs and respiratory system via contact with your mouth or nose. Whilst the virus cannot penetrate your skin, touching your face allows it to be inhaled.
Always use a tissue or your sleeve to cough or sneeze into, rather than your hand, and dispose of any used tissues.
NOTE: MANY PEOPLE ARE ASYMPTOMATIC CARRIERS (not suffering any apparent symptoms) AND MAY SPREAD THE VIRUS UNKNOWINGLY. While symptoms may be mild in some, it can be carried to others of a more vulnerable health group and cause more serious issues.
The Coronavirus attacks the lungs, and causes disease of the body's airways and respiratory system. It can affect people in different ways, depending on factors such as age and underlying health conditions.
Symptoms usually include a high temperature, a new continuous cough and a change or loss in your normal sense of taste or smell.
If you have symptoms and are unsure of how serious they are, click here to answer a few online questions and find out what advice to follow.
If you think you may have covid symptoms, you can use the online NHS symptom checker to answer a few questions which will help confirm whether they may be related to the coronavirus.
If this confirms that your symptoms may be related to the Covid-19 virus and you would like to get tested, you can either take a swab test at a local test site near you, or order a home test kit and carry out a swab test on your own.
PLEASE NOTE: You should only take a swab test if you have symptoms and you should take it within the first 5 days of your symptoms, in order for it to produce an accurate result.
If you have symptoms and have had your test, please self-isolate until you get your result.
If your symptoms worsen significantly and you need an appointment, please call us on 0121 429 1572, and ask for a remote consultation.
If you have symptoms, you are advised to isolate for 7 days and anyone who lives with you is advised to isolate for 14 days. For self-isolation guidance and advice on how to treat symptoms at home, click here.
Some people are at higher risk of catching the virus than others and some are also extremely vulnerable. Click here to see if you fall into either of these two categories.
NB: If you fall into the extremely vulnerable group, but have not received a letter from the government with shielding advice, please call us on 0121 429 1572 and let us know, so that we can make sure you receive your letter.
Children can also get the virus however with generally fewer cases and much less serious symptoms. It is still important to remain vigilant. Click here to find to what to do if you think your child has the virus.
Full NHS England Coronavirus advice can be found by clicking on: nhs.uk/coronavirus