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Coronavirus: Fresh advice issued for Cornwall's vulnerable

Coronavirus: Fresh advice issued for Cornwall's vulnerable

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:00am 15th March 2020.

A Cornish health group has issued fresh advice for vulnerable people in Cornwall, as coronavirus grips the UK.

Healthwatch Cornwall has shared videos from deaf health charity, SignHealth, as the number of cases in the United Kingdom rises.

It covers everything from how often to wash your hands and how long for, to when to self-isolate.

The organisation has also shared a series of posters for those with learning difficulties.

Coronavirus Poster

What is the advice?

Healthwatch Cornwall has shared new advice for the vulnerable as the UK enters phase two, or the 'delay phase' of the response to coronavirus.

Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19, even mild ones, should stay at home for seven days.

The government policy is so that the peak of the infection can be pushed back, buying time and relieving pressure on the NHS.

It stopped short of forcing schools to close, but that remains a possibility if the outbreak gets worse.

The Healthwatch Cornwall advice videos for those with hearing problems cover three questions:

1) What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

Healthwatch says the main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • A cough
  • A high temperature
  • Shortness of breath

But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus? from Deaf Health Charity SignHealth on Vimeo.

2) How can I stop the spread of coronavirus?

Healthwatch says that because it is a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person.

Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets. It is very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food. 

Viruses like coronavirus cannot live outside the body for very long.


  1. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
  2. Put used tissues in the bin straight away.
  3. Wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  4. Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.


  1. Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

Catch it, Bin it, Kill it from Deaf Health Charity SignHealth on Vimeo.

3) Do I need to self-isolate?

Healthwatch says if there is a chance you could have coronavirus, you may be asked to stay away from other people (self-isolate).

This means you should:

  • Stay at home
  • Not go to work, school or public places
  • Not use public transport or taxis
  • Ask friends, family members or delivery services to do errands for you
  • Try to avoid visitors to your home – it's OK for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food

You may need to do this for up to 14 days to help reduce the possible spread of infection.

I have travelled in the last month, do I need to self-isolate? from Deaf Health Charity SignHealth on Vimeo.

If you are deaf or struggle with hearing, yo can call NHS 111 in BSL by visiting interpreternow.co.uk/nhs111 or by using their app on your mobile device or by using the NHS 111 online service at 111.nhs.uk/covid-19.

You can download the advice posters for people with learning difficulties here.

You can read the latest advice from Healthwatch Cornwall here.

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