Washing hands in sink with soap to reduce spread of coronavirus

At LloydsPharmacy your health is our priority. With the recent news around coronavirus (COVID-19) you may be worried about your risk and what you can do to look after yourself and your family.

Here’s our advice to help you manage your risk and how we are helping our colleagues understand the latest news to reduce the spread of germs.

How you can help yourself:

This strain of coronavirus is a relatively new virus and as such many people are unaware of how it is spread. The symptoms include a cough, a high temperature and shortness of breath, therefore the virus can be easily spread through close contact with others such as in cough droplets.

You can help protect yourself and others from viral infections like COVID-19 by following a few simple steps:

  • Make sure to wash your hands with soap and water regularly. Top tip: to make sure you wash your hands for the recommended 20 seconds, sing happy birthday twice through
  • If you’re on the go, you can keep your hands extra clean by using a 60% alcohol hand sanitiser gel
  • Make sure to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue (or a sleeve, but not your hands) when coughing and sneezing
  • Try to avoid close contact with anyone who is unwell or is displaying symptoms linked to coughs, colds and flu

For most of us, we can carry on with our day-to-day lives as normal, whether that’s going to work, school or other public places. You will need to self-isolate for 7 days if:

  • A high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • A new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly

Use the NHS 111 online service if:

  • You feel you can’t cope with your symptoms at home
  • Your condition gets worse
  • Your symptoms don’t get better after seven days

Products to help:

Sanitise on the go:

Most hand sanitisers kill 99.9% of bacteria, which is great to use as a portable way to tackle germs and keep your hands clean on the go. It’s worth noting that this does not however kill or protect against viral infections.

Wash your hands at home:

There is a wide variety of anti-bacterial hand soaps you can use at home to help protect you and your family against germs. It’s worth noting that this does not however kill or protect against viral infections.

Tissues to catch coughs and colds:

Whether you need a box for home, a pack to give out to family members or just a pack for yourself. We have a range of tissues you can get to catch your coughs and sneezes. Remember to bin them straight after you use them

What to do if you need to self-isolate:

If you’ve been advised to self-isolate by NHS 111, or a medical professional, then here’s the NHS advice on what to do:

  • Stay at home, avoid going to work, school or other public places
  • Don’t use public transport or taxis
  • Ask friends of family or get delivery services to run errands for you
  • Try to avoid having visitors to your home – it’s okay for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food

You may need to do this for up to 14 days to help reduce the possible spread of infection.

How we’re helping our colleagues:

With more news on COVID-19 being shared every day, we’re regularly updating our colleagues with the latest advice from the Department of Health. As the situation changes, we’re also in planning so that we are prepared with updates to our policies including guidance on working from home, our absence and sickness policy, looking at the potential for protective equipment and meeting and travel protocols. We are also advising colleagues on the best hygiene precautions and hand washing advice.