A notice from the team at First Care
First of all, we hope everyone is ok and is coping with the current situation that we all find ourselves in at the moment. We wanted to take this time to reassure our clients that it's still business as usual for us and we are doing all we can to help our service users at this time.
We are taking all precautionary measures to ensure our carers are properly equipped with the necessary cleaning products and hand sanitiser.
Here's some information that we've put together regarding COVID-19.
Facts about COVID-19
1 - Diseases can make anyone sick regardless of their race or ethnicity.
Fear and anxiety about COVID-19 can cause people to avoid or reject others even though they are not at risk for spreading the virus.
2 - For most people, the immediate risk of becoming seriously ill from the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low.
Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for more serious complications from COVID-19.
3 - Someone who has completed quarantine or has been released from isolation does not pose a risk of infection to other people.
For up-to-date information, visit CDC’s coronavirus disease 2019 web page.
4 - There are simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. • Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
5 - You can help stop COVID-19 by knowing the signs and symptoms:
Shortness of breath
Seek medical advice if you develop any of the above symptoms
Have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently been in an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.
Take steps to protect yourself
Clean your hands often
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available , use a hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Take steps to protect others
Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
Cover all coughs and sneezes
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Or alternatively, use the inside of your elbow to avoid any contact with your hands.
Throw used tissues in the bin after use
Immediately wash your hands with soap and water after coughing or sneezing.
Clean and disinfect
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets and sinks.
If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap, disinfectant wipes.