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Health Advice and Information

If you have concerns about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and are worried about symptoms, you must stay home and call 111 where you will receive help.

Up to date information and advice about how we can all help to prevent the spread of Coronavirus can be found at: http://www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus

Health Advice – Updated 19/06/2020

UPDATE: from 18 June anyone who is shielding, unless they live in a nursing or residential care home, is now able to go outdoors for exercise. You can also meet with members of one other household outdoors, to a maximum of 8 people.

From East Lothian Council website: "Those who are clinically at high risk if infected with Coronavirus (COVID-19) are in the process of receiving letters from the Scottish Government asking them to carry out ‘shielding’ for a period of 12 weeks.

"This means minimising all social contact and staying at home. People with health issues such as those with certain types of cancer, lung conditions, those with compromised immune systems and those who have received an organ donation are among those deemed high risk. "Many people in these groups will have a support network of friends and family locally who will help them to carry out shielding. But for those who do not have adequate support, East Lothian Council has created a web page which contains information, advice and the appropriate phone number and email address where anyone needing extra help can get in touch – particularly with food and medicine deliveries. "The page can be found at www.eastlothian.gov.uk/shielding "Anyone needing help can email us at customerservices@eastlothian.gov.uk or call us between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday on 01875 824300."
More information is available at the NHS Inform website here: https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-covid-19-shielding
The Scottish Government have set up a new helpline for those in vulnerable groups who do not have family or community support. From the Scottish Government website: “The service – which opens tomorrow (Tuesday) – will offer help to those who do not have family or existing community support and cannot get online and who are over 70, disabled, require the support of mental health services, are pregnant or receive a flu jab for health reasons. This service is in addition to localised support already available for people who have received letters advising them to shield themselves. However, any of those in the shielding category who are not yet receiving assistance, who do not have family and cannot get online can access support via this new helpline. “Anyone not in these categories but still looking for support should visit readyscotland.org “The helpline – 0800 111 4000 – will initially operate during core working hours of 09:00 to 17:00 while plans are developed and implemented to extend it to operate for a longer period each day.”
Coronavirus Advice from Diabetes UK: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/about_us/news/coronavirus
Coronavirus Advice from Marie Curie: https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/help/support/coronavirus
Coronavirus advice from the British Heart Foundation: https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/heart-matters-magazine/news/coronavirus-and-your-health
Coronavirus Advice from Mind, the mental health organisation:
Coronavirus advice from the British Lung Foundation: https://www.blf.org.uk/support-for-you/coronavirus
Coronavirus Advice from Endometriosis UK: https://www.blf.org.uk/support-for-you/coronavirus
Advice from Asthma UK: https://www.asthma.org.uk/advice/triggers/coronavirus-covid-19/
Advice from Macmillan Cancer Support: https://www.asthma.org.uk/advice/triggers/coronavirus-covid-19/
Information for pregnant women and their families is available from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists website here: https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/guidelines-research-services/guidelines/coronavirus-pregnancy/covid-19-virus-infection-and-pregnancy/  
A Coronavirus and Disability Information helpline is available at Disability Information Scotland's website: http://www.disabilityscot.org.uk/
There is a 24 hour Freephone Dementia Helpline available from Alzheimer Scotland: 0808 808 3000 More information: https://www.alzscot.org/living-with-dementia/getting-support/24-hour-freephone-dementia-helpline
According to the NHS Blood Donation service "You can still travel to donate. Giving blood and platelets is essential to the NHS and vulnerable patients. Please keep donating." More information here: https://www.blood.co.uk/news-and-campaigns/news-and-statements/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/