COVID-19 Update

You will now be aware that there has been an increase in COVID-19 cases being identified in the United Kingdom. This is a rapidly evolving situation that we are monitoring carefully but based on the available evidence, the current risk to the UK population is moderate.

Wythenshawe Community Housing Group (WCHG) continues to work with key partners to review business continuity plans and our response to any potential cases that may be identified within our community. For detailed information on the virus, and how you can protect yourself and those around you, please see guidance from Public Health England here.

At this time of year a number of viruses can circulate so it is important that all of us follow the national guidelines on handwashing and if we have a cold follow the ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’ approach.

If you are concerned about yourself, friends or family please ring the NHS on 111 or find out more information on how to get medical help here.

We would appreciate you making contact with us should you have any concerns or if you have been advised to self-isolate. This helps us tailor our services to your needs and ensure our staff are protected from any harm.

Detailed below is guidance on how you can protect yourself and those around you.

Prevent the spread of infection

Make sure you follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:

• If you feel unwell, stay at home
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
• Avoid close contact with people who appear to be sick
• Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water are not available
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home

If you become unwell

• Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with flu viruses
• Please call NHS 111 immediately in order for you to be assessed by an appropriate specialist in hospital, informing them of any recent travel to affected areas.
Follow the home isolation advice sheet

Symptoms to look out for

• Cough
• Difficulty in breathing
• Fever (a temperature of 38 degrees C or higher)

We will continue to monitor the situation on a day-to-day basis and will provide regular advice and updates as and when any new information becomes available.