Coronavirus in Milton Keynes

Thursday 5 March 2020

 

As more people contract coronavirus in the UK, we want to assure local people that we’re planning for all eventualities.

Muriel Scott, Milton Keynes’ Director of Public Health said:

“Locally we’re well prepared for cases of coronavirus.  Health professionals in Milton Keynes are able to test rapidly and give expert care.  All public service partners have put steps in place to keep essential services running and will take prompt action where needed to safeguard local people.

Current evidence is that most cases are mild, although it’s important to take common sense precautions to stop the virus spreading.  This means carrying tissues with you to use when you sneeze or cough, and bin the tissue.  Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or, if these aren’t available, use hand sanitiser.

It’s also good practice to clean door handles and other frequently-touched surfaces with normal detergent/disinfectant on a regular basis.

Unless you’ve been told by the NHS to self-isolate or have returned from specific areas, there’s no need to change your normal routine including going to work or school, using public transport, shopping or socialising.  You’ll be told if these recommendations change.”

 

If you’re worried about your symptoms, use the online NHS 111 coronavirus service or call NHS 111 instead of visiting your GP, pharmacy, or hospital.  

For other illnesses or health queries, please consider whether you really need to call 111, as the service is very busy. 

Visit http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/  for the latest advice and information.