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HOUGHTONS FUNERAL DIRECTORS
INFORMATION AND GUIDANCE ON CORONAVIRUS
ISSUE NO 1
The Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak is a new illness and scientists are still assessing how it spreads from person to person, but similar viruses tend to spread via cough and sneeze droplets.
When an infected person coughs or sneezes, they release droplets of saliva or mucus. These droplets can fall on people in the vicinity and can be either directly inhaled or picked up on the hands then transferred when someone touches their face, causing infection. For flu, some hospital guidelines define exposure as being within six feet of an infected person who sneezes or coughs.
How does the coronavirus attack the body?
For the vast majority (over 80%) the virus will only cause mild symptoms and pass like a common cold. But a significant number of cases are “severe” with the virus attacking the lungs and causing pneumonia.
The virus presents in a similar was to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) although at the moment remains much less lethal.
The virus attacks the lungs and progresses in distinct phases. CT scans of the lungs show “ground glass” opacity and then “crazy paving” patterns, as they fill with mucus making it harder to breathe.
Patients die of a number of different causes depending on their general health, but what sparks the final decline in many patients is their own immune system going into overdrive as pneumonia develops. Older people with underlying conditions are more vulnerable but the young are not immune.
How is the virus treated?
There is no simple cure – just as there is no cure for the common cold. In the vast majority of cases, the disease is only mild and symptoms such as fever and general discomfort can be treated with aspirin and ibuprofen or cold and flu remedies.
For the vast majority of people with a mild form of the virus, recovery is quick and there will be no lasting problems. They also develop some immunity to this strain of the virus.
Measures will be driven by the UK Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Strategy 2011 and fall into four main areas:
1. Encouraging individual behaviour change – hand washing, staying at home if unwell, looking out for neighbours and relatives
2 Social distancing – encouragement of home working, discouraging public gatherings, possible school closures, international travel restrictions, online medical consultation and testing.
3 Environmental hygiene – cleaning and spraying public surfaces, stepping up on checks on restaurants and takeaways and ensuring good funeral practices.
4 Building medical capacity – stockpiling of protective equipment and drugs, limiting non-hospital visits and operations, developing effective treatments and vaccine
How to protect yourself and others
1 Wash your hands – wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap. Lather your hands, including the backs, between your fingers, and under your fails and scrub for at least 20 seconds. Rinse.
2 Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then throw the tissue in the bin and wash your hands, If you do not have a tissue to hand, cough and sneeze into your elbow rather than your hands
3 Wash all door handles and surfaces with Dettol solution (or similar disinfectant) daily. It is advisable to wipe door handles with a disinfectant solution after each use by another person.
4 Keep toilet areas clean and wipe seat and toilet handle with a disinfectant solution after each use.
5 Wear protective gloves at all times when handling a deceased.
6 Each office must maintain a constant supply of gloves, tissues, disinfectant, bleach and cleaning products.
7 Wash your hands or use ani-bacterial hand gel after shaking hands with another person.
FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE ISSUED
Compiled by - M Carter - Funeral Arranger - Houghtons Funeral Directors Ltd
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