What you need to know about Coronavirus in Tynemouth
Constituents have understandably been in touch with me with questions and concerns about the Coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic. The best resource for finding out how Coronavirus might affect you, if you have symptoms or not, is the dedicated NHS FAQ page.
If you think that you may have Coronavirus, please use the online Coronavirus NHS 111 service for advice.
To assist the NHS in helping people that need care most urgently, please use their online services (instead of phoning) where possible. Please do not visit GPs and other NHS facilities if you want advice on Coronavirus.
My Updates about Coronavirus
These are the actions that my team and I are taking to prepare for and help with handling the Coronavirus in Tynemouth and in Parliament.
Received briefings in parliament from the government, scientists and clinicians;
Spoken directly with the Director of Public Health North Tyneside about sourcing the latest and most accurate information for local sign posting for constituents;
We will endeavour to update constituents as regularly as possible as this crisis develops.
What are the symptoms of Coronavirus?
The NHS has identified the following symptoms of coronavirus:
A dry cough
A high temperature
Shortness of breath
It’s possible to have these symptoms but not have Coronavirus. You might have a cold, the flu or another common illness instead. If in any doubt you should contact online Coronavirus NHS 111.
Does the Coronavirus only affect older people, or are others at risk?
People of all ages can catch the Coronavirus, and all can help in preventing its spread and helping vulnerable people. The best way to help is to make sure that you wash your hands with soap and hot water frequently or alcohol based hand sanitiser as an alternative if you do not have access to soap and water.
Older people, and those with pre-existing health conditions, are more at risk of severe cases of Coronavirus.
Where are safe places to get information about the Coronavirus?
Spreading misinformation won’t help us protect against the Coronavirus, but unfortunately, it is very easily done.
Please go to the dedicated NHS page about the Coronavirus for information and advice about the virus.
These are the best places to get safe and reliable information about the Coronavirus. If you see information online that looks sensational or incorrect, please report it (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).