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CANVEY THAMESIDE U3A NEWS

CORONAVIRUS ADVICE - AN UPDATE

Below is 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.

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HOW TO AVOID SPREADING AND CATCHING 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.

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IMPORTANT NEW DATA PROTECTION RULES

The rules on data protection are changing. However, how we use your information will not change. On the back of the Membership Renewal form we have added an extra bit asking for consent to use your personal information. All this means is we can contact you by phone, post or email concerning U3A matters and use any photos taken on the coach, on trips, at the meetings etc. for publicity purposes. It also means you can continue to receive the national magazine. We do not give any of your information to anyone outside our U3A. In other words, how we use your information is not changing, we simply have to have explicit written consent from you to do so. If there are any questions about this, please see either Jackie or Jan.

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I.C.E.

In Case of Emergency

The Committee thought it would be advantageous to keep a list of family/friend contacts for our members in case of emergencies.

Please contact Jan via the Contact page by email enclosing the following details:

Your: Membership number, Name, Telephone Number/s

Emergency contact details: Name of contact/s, Relationship to you, Contact number/s.

The details will then be added to your membership information and Jan will keep the list with her at the meetings, etc. and it will be passed on to the relevant Group Convenors for their records.

Of course we hope the details are never needed!

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PARKING AT ST. NICHOLAS'S CHURCH

Parking We appreciate parking can be tight when we have a full Friday meeting, especially if you arrive close to 10am. Although most members do park sensibly, we have been asked by the church to remind members again not to double park or block people in (as not all the cars in the car parks are for our meeting) and to take special care if parking on the road by the side particularly to leave plenty of access room for prams etc. to get down the middle. Sensible parking prevents embarrassing interruptions to the meeting asking people to move cars.

We would also like to ask our members not to arrive at the car park until after 9.30.

Thank you.

Jackie.