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UK News Coronavirus: People With Mild Fever Will Be Asked To Self-Isolate Within Next 14 Days

20:25  09 march  2020
20:25  09 march  2020 Source:   huffingtonpost.co.uk

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People who show "even minor" signs of respiratory tract infections or a fever will soon be told to self - isolate for seven days as the UK prepares to move to the The UK government's chief medical adviser, Prof Chris Whitty, said the change in advice could happen within the next 10 to 14 days .

LONDON (Reuters) - People with only minor symptoms will be asked to self - isolate in the next "We are now very close to the time, probably within the next 10- 14 days when we should move to a situation where we say everybody who has even minor respiratory tract infections or a fever should

Boris Johnson et al. standing next to a person in a suit and tie: Prime Minister Boris Johnson (centre) with Chief Medical Officer for England Chris Whitty (left) and Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance (right), speaking during a press conference, at 10 Downing Street, in London, on the government's coronavirus action plan. © PA Prime Minister Boris Johnson (centre) with Chief Medical Officer for England Chris Whitty (left) and Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance (right), speaking during a press conference, at 10 Downing Street, in London, on the government's coronavirus action plan.

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Britons with a mild fever will be asked to begin self-isolating within the next two weeks as the coronavirus outbreak worsens, the chief medical officer has said.

Professor Chris Whitty said the UK was “very close” to imposing more stringent advice to delay the spread of Covid-19.

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Older people , and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) The incubation period - between infection and showing any symptoms - lasts up to 14 days , the This explainer will be regularly updated to reflect the audience's questions about coronavirus .

The new coronavirus - often referred to as Covid-19 - seems to start with a fever , followed by a dry cough and then, after a week, leads to shortness of As a result, you may be asked to stay away from other people ( self - isolate ). You may also be passed onto your local health protection team for testing.

The first stage of this will be to ask those with a minor respiratory tract infection or fever to self-isolate within a week, and this advice would be introduced within 14 days.

“We have not reached that step but we are going to be reaching that step in the really quite near future,” Whitty told a Downing Street press conference.

“This is the first step along a path towards trying to reduce firstly the delay of the epidemic and then to pull down the peak of this epidemic so that it is smaller.”

But Whitty, prime minister Boris Johnson and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance all stressed that the government is currently simply continuing to ask people to wash their hands for 20 seconds more regularly.

Amid questions over why the UK was not following other European countries in introducing more stringent measures, all three insisted the right action needed to be taken at the right time and that its effect needs to be backed by scientific advice.

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There will be many more cases in the coming days and weeks. Up to eight in ten of us may contract Covid-19, according to some projections. At present, as you’ll no doubt have heard, most people who get coronavirus will experience only mild If spread is rapid, whole households may be asked to self - quarantine, including those who don’t have People may also be asked to limit social activity

Four skiers diagnosed with coronavirus in Austria will be removed from hospital and taken to a In recent days, a bizarre new conspiracy theories have circulated on social media claiming that 5G 'causes In some people , it's taken 14 days . Travellers may not be picked up by screening methods.

Johnson said the UK was still trying to “contain” coronavirus but is making “extensive preparations” to introduce more restrictive measures to delay its spread in the coming weeks.

“We are preparing various actions to slow the spread of this disease in order to reduce the strain it places on the NHS,” he said.

“The more we can delay the peak of the spread to the summer, the better the NHS will be able to manage.”

Whitty said it was important not to do too much too soon because “anything we do, we have got to be able to sustain” throughout the peak of the outbreak, and there was a risk people would “understandably get fatigued” if restrictions were introduced too early.

Vallance meanwhile stressed that moves taken by countries like Italy to ban flights from affected areas, temperature test passengers at airports, and ban mass gatherings were actually relatively ineffective.

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Next . Bill Gates' foundation is funding at-home coronavirus test kit that gives results in less than The test will allow people experiencing symptoms of coronavirus to swab their noses and then send the Whoever is infected would then be asked to share information online about where they traveled to

The next day , scientists predicted that 1,700 people had become infected, possibly up to 7,000. Some people are expected to have such mild symptoms that they never even realise they are ill No vaccine exists for the coronavirus yet and it's not likely one will be developed in time to be of any

“We need to understand where we are in the epidemic and make sure that we take the actions that need to be taken at the right time,” he said.

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More cases of the coronavirus are being reported every day. The previously-unknown strain arrived during the UK’s cold and flu season, leaving many anxious they may be infected every time they get the sniffles. Only hospital patients are being swabbed for the virus, with greater testing a key part of the government’s strategy to overcome the outbreak. In the meantime, Boris Johnson has told entire households to self-isolate for 14 days if just one member has the tell-tale cough or fever, not even venturing out to buy “food or essentials”.Once these two weeks are up, many may be left wondering what to do next.

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