What is Self Isolation?
To follow Government guidelines on Coronavirus and public health, everyone within the UK has been asked to stay indoors. But what is self isolation exactly? This article will discuss the details of self isolation along with how best to stay safe throughout the ongoing situation across the country. We will also discuss who is most at risk from Covid-19 along with the importance of social distancing even whilst self-isolating.
What are the government’s guidelines for self-isolating?
At the time of writing, the Government’s Covid-19 Action Plan, is at a stage that has widely been called a lockdown. What this means, is that leaving the house should be strictly for essentials and exercise. Fundamentally, this is limited to minimal journeys for food or medicine along with exercise in your local area. For those that are unable to work from home, lockdown also allows for journeys to and from work. Where possible, journeys for food and medicine should be avoided. Many supermarkets are offering improved delivery services to accommodate demand and pharmacies across the country are delivering prescriptions.
The lockdown is being enforced across the country to reduce all non-essential contact and curb the spread of the virus. That is why the Government has also advised social distancing, meaning that whenever you do need to leave the house or have necessary visitors you stay at least 2m away from them With the virus having an an incubation period of up to 11 days and some people only showing very mild symptoms when they do get it, it is possible that someone that does not look ill could pass it on.
While much is unknown still about the virus, there have been some consistencies amongst those most affected by Covid-19. So far, it is those over the age of 60 that have been most at risk of developing severe symptoms. Here’s some underlying health conditions that can exacerbate the illness.
- Breathing problems – those with asthma, bronchitis, lung cancer or any other respiratory issues must be particularly careful as Covid-19 affects the lungs.
- Diabetes – those with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are at higher risk.
- Hypertension – high blood pressure is a risk for anyone developing Coronavirus, particularly those that have had organ transplants.
How to stay safe while self isolating
For those that are particularly vulnerable, self isolation can be particularly daunting. It’s hard enough when you lose lose social visits. Keeping healthy is hard wile mobility is limited and you’re staying inside. It is important that self isolating is done as safely as possible to protect your physical and mental wellbeing. Here are some of the key ways to minimise the risk that might result from self isolating for older people:
Care Visits and Prescriptions
For those that require a carer, it is still important to practice social distancing wherever possible and keep contact to a minimum. Similarly, carers should be taking all hygiene precautions, such as using sanitised gloves and face masks where possible. Should a carer show any symptoms of the illness, such as a dry cough or fever, is is worth requesting a different carer to visit in their place.
Many pharmacies across the country can arrange to have your prescription delivered. It is worth finding out if they provide non-contact delivery services to a person who is at risk. Pharmacies across the country are developing these non-contact delivery services to assist those most at risk.
With many elderly people living alone in the UK, self isolation can be particularly isolating. For those with health or mobility problems it can also be dangerous. All of the ‘normal’ health threats remain as well as COVID-19. That’s why it is important to keep up regular communication. It’s vital to check in on those that are more vulnerable at this time. Keeping to a regular daily time for calls can help provide some peace of mind throughout the self isolation period.
The Assure personal alarm bracelet can also be used to monitor the safety of those that are more vulnerable. The wristband provided a combination of alert triggers to provide comprehensive protection.
If the wearer gets short of breath or experiences pain a squeeze of the band will call for help; it can also monitor for severe falls. Te I’m OK checks are the simplest way for the wearer to confirm they are OK periodically throughout the day.
Get in touch
If you have any questions about self isolation or would like know more about the Assure personal monitoring system, please get in touch. Simply call us on 0345 25 75 080 or email us and one of our helpful team will get back to you as soon as possible.