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.
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:
- 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.