STATEMENT ON THE CORONAVIRUS – March 13, 2020
NPC monitoring Government guidelines on virus. General Secretary interviewed on BBC Breakfast over impact on isolated older people with health issues
The NPC appreciates the concerns of our members around the Coronavirus and we are closely monitoring the situation and the latest Government and NHS guidelines.*
We advise everyone to follow these official recommendations and to stay well in what is a fast-evolving situation.
As of March 13, the Government advice includes anyone with new cold or flu symptoms self-isolating for seven days
The main aim of the NPC is to keep our members, officers and staff safe, so we will be reviewing the situation as it develops.
For moment we will continue to operate as normal until we receive further guidance from the Government. Our office will remain open, and we will endeavour to answer and process all inquiries, emails, letters and calls, and will notify members of any changes as soon as possible.
With the demand from the public for more information on the Coronavirus, NPC General Secretary Jan Shortt has been interviewed on BBC television, radio and national newspapers on how its spread is impacting on older people.
You can view Jan’s interview on BBC Breakfast this morning here: https://www.npcuk.org/corona-virus
Coronavirus causes is officially an illness called COVID-19 which affects people’s lungs and airways. For most people, it causes mild symptoms while for others – such as older people with pre-existing health conditions - it may be more serious and require hospital treatment.
The Government is constantly reviewing the progress of the virus and making preparations to help contain and delay the spread of the disease as much as possible.
There are simple steps we can all take to reduce the risk of catching COVID-19 or transmitting the virus to other people.
You can find the latest advice on this from the NHS here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
*NB: The NPC continues to follow advice as published from the World Health Organisation, Public Health England, Health Protection Scotland, Public Health Wales and Public Health Agency (NI).
Everyone should note the main message from public health officials on personal hygiene to maintain good hand, respiratory and personal hygiene by employing the ‘Catch It. Bin It. Kill It‘ ethos.