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People with symptoms told to stay at home

Friday March 13th, 2020

Those with mild symptoms of COVID-19 to take appropriate steps.doctors_1728072Med

People with symptoms suggestive of coronavirus (COVID-19) – a fever or a new cough – should stay at home for seven days from tomorrow (Friday 13 March), Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer has announced.

Those who have been in contact with someone who is experiencing symptoms should only stay at home if they begin to experience symptoms.

The advice comes after the First Minister confirmed that the Scottish and UK Governments are moving from the containment phase to delay.

The decision to move to the delay phase and propose people with symptoms stay at home follows scientific advice from the 4 UK Chief Medical Officers who have said it is a necessary step to try to slow down the spread of infection.

Chief Medical Officer Catherine Calderwood said:

“Scotland is well-prepared for a significant outbreak of coronavirus but there is currently no treatment or vaccine. Early detection measures will continue to be vital in helping to prevent the spread of the virus.

Following scientific and clinical advice, we have moved from containment to delay and that means we are advising all those experiencing symptoms which may be coronavirus, including those with mild symptoms, to stay at home.

People have a vital role to play in helping us contain any outbreak by following the latest health and travel advice, and following basic hygiene precautions, such as washing hands frequently, not touching their face and covering their nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.”

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