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    Important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19)
    Tameside Council and Tameside and Glossop NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are working closely with partners to support the local community with a wide-ranging response to the coronavirus pandemic. The already integrated function of the council and CCG puts the organisations in a strong position to coordinate resources to best support residents and businesses.

    The new advice issued by the Chief Medical Officer is as follows:
    Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms
    Stay at home if you have either:

    • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
    • a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly 

    Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
    You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.
    Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home.


    How long to stay at home

    • if you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
    • if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms

    If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.
    If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

    Use NHS 111 Online Coronavirus service if:

    • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
    • your condition gets worse
    • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

    Only call NHS 111 if you cannot get help online.

    How to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus (social distancing)


    Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading.
    It is particularly important for people who:

    • are 70 or over
      have a long-term condition
      are pregnant
      have a weakened immune system


    • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
      always wash your hands when you get home or into work
      use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
      cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
      put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
      avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
      only travel on public transport if you need to
      work from home, if you can
      avoid social activities, such as going to pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas
      avoid events with large groups of people
      use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services


    • touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
    • have visitors to your home, including friends and family

    The NHS will contact you from Monday 23 March 2020 if you are at particularly high risk of getting seriously ill with coronavirus. You'll be given specific advice about what to do.

    Do not contact your GP or healthcare team at this stage – wait to be contacted.