Coronavirus Advice – An Update

The Committee have been asked by the Third Age Trust to disseminate the following information to our members:

Please find enclosed updated advice from Healthwatch – the NHS consumer watchdog.

What’s the risk of catching coronavirus in the UK?

The NHS and Public Health England are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate. But the risk to individuals remains low. If you have arrived back to the UK from mainland China and other specified areas, follow the advice for returning travellers.

How is coronavirus spread?

Like the common cold, coronavirus (also known as Covid-19) infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. You can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if you do not wash your hands.

The risk of being in close contact with a person with coronavirus or contaminated surfaces in very low at the moment, as members of the public who have visited Wuhan, Hubei province, China are currently in isolation.

Symptoms of coronavirus
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
·         a cough
·         a high temperature
·         shortness of breath

When to call 111

Based on the scientific advice of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) the UK Chief Medical Officers are advising anyone who has travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.

Do not go to a GP surgery or hospital. Call 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.

How to avoid catching or spreading germs?

Do:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

Don’t:

  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

Music Appreciation Group 1

MISSING PROGRAMME

Somehow the programme for Music Appreciation Group 1 was left out of the Spring magazine.

Herewith the missing content ;

03 April                       Brahms                                               John Allford

01 May                        Musical Natural History Selection   Jo Harries

05 June                       Choirs and Concertos                      Brian Jennings

February Walk – Cancelled

Walking Group Update

The fieldpaths around Broughton Gifford are very muddy and, with more rain today and tomorrow, the conditions are not going to improve.  With this in mind, I have reluctantly decided to cancel this Thursday’s walk which will be re-instated at a later date.  If any members pick up this message and have contacts in the group could they please pass the information onto them.

Apologies.

Nigel Vile 01225 710139.

Coronavirus

CORONAVIRUS

Following the confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, the Government and NHS have issued advice for members of the public. The Third Age Trust want to share this advice and have asked for the information to be disseminated to our members.

The Government and NHS have issued advice for members of the public following the confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK.

Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

The UK Chief Medical Officers are advising anyone who has travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.

More information about the virus, as well as symptoms and advice, is available to view at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus- information-for-the-public

Or on the NHS England website at:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/2020/02/statement-from-nhs-england-and-nhs- improvement-on-coronavirus/

Suggested New Groups for 2020

  SUGGESTED NEW GROUPS FOR 2020

Following my previous requests for ideas for forming new groups the following have been suggested

EXISTING GROUPS THAT ARE EITHER FULL OR NOT HELD ON CONVENIENT DAYS OR TIMES

Current Affairs, Soups and Puddings, Book Group, Short Walks – preferably without dogs, Poetry, Short Story Writing.

NEW GROUP SUGGESTIONS

Someone in the following groups will need to have some experience/knowledge. Please state any experience when registering an interest.

Beginners Photography, Beginners Recorder, Sign language. Coarse Angling, Backgammon, The Internet of things.

Please send your interest in any of the above groups to me by the end of February.

Groups Co-ordinator

There is no need to state your preferred days and times at this stage.

When I have had all the replies I will arrange and set up planning meetings for the viable groups.

New Groups

                                               NEW GROUPS

I am asking all WWU3A members to send me any ideas they have for forming new groups.

I have already been given some ideas and I will add the newones to this list and send it out to all members to see what interest there is in all of the suggested groups. I will then set up planning meetings for those that appear to be viable.

The ideas could come from the fact that existing groups you are interested in are on a day and time which is inconvenient for you or a group you want to join is full therefore an additional similar group would be welcome These groups are usually, but not always, those that meet in private homes and are restricted by numbers.

I look forward to be inundated with your suggestions!

Please reply to Groups Co-ordinator