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Cornish firefighters issue plea over Covid-19 symptoms

Cornish firefighters issue plea over Covid-19 symptoms

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:00am 23rd March 2020.

Firefighters in Cornwall have issued a plea urging 999 callers to tell them if they have coronavirus symptoms.

It is so they can help keep people safe when they attend the scene of the emergency.

Torpoint fire station made the appeal on social media amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

"If you dial 999 for an emergency, please let our operators know if you or anybody at the incident has coronavirus symptoms or are self isolating.

"We will still attend and deal with the emergency but this additional information will help keep our firefighters safe."

Torpoint Community Fire Station


What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms

Stay at home if you have either:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.

How to stop the spread:

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds

  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work

  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

  • avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus

  • only travel on public transport if you need to

  • work from home, if you can

  • avoid social activities, such as going to pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas

  • avoid events with large groups of people

  • use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services

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