Coronavirus health support
The best way to protect yourself and your family from Coronavirus (COVID-19) is by practising good respiratory and hand hygiene. The latest advice from Public Health England is to:
Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds each time with soap and water or hand sanitiser, especially when you:
- Get home or into work
- Blow your nose, sneeze or cough
- Eat or handle food
For the latest government advice visit the GOV.UK website.
For those defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable read the COVID-19 guidance on shielding and protecting people.
Get Coronavirus support as an extremely vulnerable person. Register if you have a medical condition that makes you extremely vulnerable to Coronavirus. For example, you’ll be able to ask for help getting deliveries of essential supplies like food.
- Yorkshire and Humber Public Health Network have a number of resources available online to support health and wellbeing as of part of the COVID-19 response
Advice on how to stay well during hot weather
The heat can affect anyone, but some people are at greater risk of serious harm. Many of those who are at risk of harm from the heat are also at greater risk of severe illness due to COVID-19. Both the heat and coronavirus put a strain on the heart and lungs. It is important therefore to know what actions you can take to keep yourself and others safe from high temperatures:
Keep your house cool
A hot home for some people at risk from heat can make their health conditions worse. Make sure you:
- Shade or cover windows exposed to direct sunlight
- Open windows when the air feels cooler outside than inside, especially at night
- Do not use a fan if anyone in the home is unwell with coronavirus symptoms
Stay cool by drinking plenty of fluids
Everyone is at risk of dehydration in hot temperatures, but babies, children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable. Those who have been unwell with coronavirus and are still recovering, are more likely to be more vulnerable to risks from heat stress and dehydration.
- Look out for signs of dehydration e.g. feeling really thirsty, a dry mouth, dark urine
- Drink plenty of fluids such as water, lower fat milks, tea and coffee
Take it easy if the weather is hot. Heavy activity can make you more prone to heat related illnesses. If you cannot avoid some physical activities, make sure you carry these out during a cooler part of the day - early morning or evening.
Move to a cooler part of the house or if its warm inside an overheated building, move outside in the shade where it may be cooler. Have a cool bath or shower.
Heat exhaustion and heatstroke
Heat exhaustion is not serious if you can cool down within 30 minutes. Someone suffering from heatstroke needs hospital treatment. Check out the symptoms of heatstroke on the NHS website.