Government gives updated coronavirus advice in heatwave: here are the do's and don'ts

The Government has given updated coronavirus advice during the current heatwave.

Wednesday, 24th June 2020, 3:43 pm
Updated Wednesday, 24th June 2020, 4:06 pm

Between 9am today (June 24) and 9pm on Friday, the heat spike will hit Met Office criteria for them to issue a warning with new advice for those susceptible to the virus, including the elderly, the very young and people with pre-existing medical conditions.

The weather is due to hit highs of 30 degrees Celsius on Wednesday and Thursday, and a slightly cooler 22 degrees on Friday, with sunshine throughout.

Here is the advice:

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- Fans should not be used if someone in your home has been confirmed or suspected as having COVID-19, as this could increase the spread of infection

- If no-one in your home has COVID-19 or suspected COVID-19, angle fans away from you to limit the spread of germs. Remember that fans are ineffective in temperatures above 35C and cause increased dehydration

- Check on the wellbeing of vulnerable friends and family who may be shielding or who are isolated. Remember to observe social distancing guidance.

- Paracetamol (and aspirin) may be used to manage COVID-related symptoms but it is recommended that they are not used solely to reduce body temperature. Always consult your pharmacist, GP or NHS 111 for advice

- Keep cool and hydrated by regularly sipping cold water-based drinks and avoid alcohol

- Use sponges or cloths made damp by cold water to help control your temperature

- Close blinds and curtains to help control the temperature of your home.