In light of the news that the Scottish and UK Governments are moving from the ‘containment’ to the ‘delay’ phase in their response to the Coronavirus outbreak, I am advising constituents to continue to follow the official advice from the Governments.
This includes continuing to wash your hands frequently. It also suggests that people who exhibit symptoms of the illness (persistent coughing and fever) should self-isolate for a period of seven days.
Chief Medical Officer Catherine Calderwood said:
“Scotland is well-prepared for a significant outbreak of coronavirus but there is currently no treatment or vaccine. Early detection measures will continue to be vital in helping to prevent the spread of the virus.
“Following scientific and clinical advice, we have moved from containment to delay and that means we are advising all those experiencing symptoms which may be coronavirus, including those with mild symptoms, to stay at home.
“People have a vital role to play in helping us contain any outbreak by following the latest health and travel advice, and following basic hygiene precautions, such as washing hands frequently, not touching their face and covering their nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.”
There will be regular updates on the Scottish Government website: https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/
Information is also available on East Lothian Council’s website: https://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/info/210558/social_care_and_health/12485/coronavirus_covid-19_in_scotland