NYA, UKYouth and TheMix’s advice for Youth Services and Youth Workers
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Please see below this point, compiled advice from Public Health England
Below you will find the PHE’s advice for the following topics:
- Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19
- How COVID-19 is spread
- Preventing Spread of COVID-19
Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19
The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection:
- difficulty in breathing
Generally, these infections can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.
Stay at Home if you have Coronavirus Symptoms
Stay at home for 7 days 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 COVID-19 is Spread
There are 2 main routes by which people can spread COVID-19:
- infection can be spread to people who are nearby (within 2 metres) or possibly could be inhaled into the lungs. This is the most likely method of transmission.
- it is also possible that someone may become infected by touching a surface, object or the hand of an infected person that has been contaminated, and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes (such as touching door knob or shaking hands then touching own face)
Preventing Spread of COVID-19
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.
There are general principles anyone can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- washing your hands often – with soap and water, or use alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport
- covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
- avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- people who feel unwell should stay at home and should not attend youth services
All those attending youth services should wash their hands:
- before leaving home
- on arrival
- after using the toilet
- after breaks and shared / sporting activities
- before food preparation
- before eating any food, including snacks
- before leaving the service
To help, services should:
- provide an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
- clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- provide disposable tissues and hand towels
Further measures could include:
- reducing the amount of activities which require close contact or shared contact of a surface or object (e.g. down to having doors propped open so that the handle isn’t overused).
If you are worried about your symptoms or those of a child or young person, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.