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Coronavirus Information (4 March 2020)

As you may know, there has been an outbreak of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which has spread from the Chinese city of Wuhan to other countries around the world. At Health in Mind, we are still open as usual and are monitoring the situation closely.

Below is some information and tips around how you can look after yourself and your loved ones during this time.

Coronavirus symptoms

The symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • A cough
  • A high temperature
  • Shortness of breath

These symptoms are similar to other more common illnesses like cold and flu, and do not necessarily mean that you have the illness. 

If you think you might need medical help, the NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can advise you what to do.

How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus

The most important thing you can do is to look after yourself and others around you by taking these simple steps:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze – don’t use your hands
  • Put tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

Looking after your mental health

Infectious disease outbreaks like Coronavirus can be frightening and can impact our mental health. It is normal to feel stressed when hearing or reading about it, so here are some tips that can help you look after your mental health and wellbeing:

  • Look after yourself, get enough rest, eat well and keep yourself active
  • Talk and spend time with your family, friends and people in your community; we cope better with things when we stay connected
  • Avoid increasing unhelpful coping strategies, like drinking and smoking
  • If you are feeling overwhelmed, try some stress management or relaxation techniques, like mindfulness and breathing exercises
  • Try to read information that is reliable and accurate

Seeking information

In times of a crisis, rumours can often increase feelings of anxiety and stress. Media and social media can also add to a general sense of fear. This is why having access to high quality information is important and can help you feel more in control.

The most up-to-date information on the virus can be found here:

If you don’t have symptoms and are looking for general information, a free helpline has been set up on 0800 028 2816.

The helpline is open:

  • Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 10.00pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, 9.00am to 5.00pm

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