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Troubleshooting Coronavirus & Carers


Have been on net reading all sorts of stories OF those with chronic conditions and elderly more at risk HOWs that work when most suffer social isolation.

So must be these young healthy carers infecting people inadvertently ITs not like the on propper contracts

So why as not government told private social care providers to mask 😷 up when going to clients homes so as not to spread virus inadvertently.

Not heard doctors government or social workers AND am not thrilled about increased risk OR fact it’s only me going on about it

Best thing those chronically sick elderly can do is tell carers there not coming in home unless have face mask AFTER all can do what they like when they leave BUT wile in home THEY must mask up to protect clients

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I agree with you, we all have to take precautions to it spreading and putting people at risk. Have a good weekend and take care of yourself 😊 Bernadette xx

Hidden in reply to Damon1864

We have to different care agancy through day and twilight AND am always asking carers what have bosses said about infection and percussion’s TOLD them am not happy about increased risk by calls they do and all other clients do

And the said bosses have said nothing to them anyway AM putting my foot down AND also got in touch with mp tv networks to raise awareness and try stop those suffering social isolation being first to suffer.

Guess have to get things of your chest and that been keeping me up at nights

Damon1864Volunteer in reply to Hidden

Good for you people need to be reassured they are safe from infection by these carers, they need to be showing people they care for they are using the safety guide lines. Have a lovely day and take care of yourself 😊 Bernadette xx

Hi JAS, some say masks are ineffective but maybe they would offer reassurance to those who need it. I hope the carers are washing hands thoroughly and using disposable gloves.

Wishing you all well. Take care xxxx

Hidden in reply to sassy59

Hi sassy can’t count how many times have caught infection of dad’s carers MASK 😷 is solely to protect us from where they have been AND and coughing it all over us

sassy59 in reply to Hidden


.....and disposable gloves.

I agree, after all, dentists, surgeons and their colleagues wear surgical masks to prevent contaminating their patients not the other way round. P

Morning JAS and i think there's no harm in asking your MP, Social Workers and other medics what's the "correct" procedure relating to carers and this damned virus. There's conflicting news regarding the wearing of face masks as some are totally useless whilst others being far more money, are used by sprayers in the motor industry, all quarantine personnel etc etc. Its easy to be in a tizz waz over any benefits gained or not, so I'm awaiting your follow up report to see who said what! What a blinking load of panic amongst some folk who really dont know what to believe. Hopefully you'll use your JAS approach and will get some answers!! Keep us posted please. Also how are you and Dad managing at the moment ...... coping the best you can as always. Give Dad a gentle hug please. 😷 🐿 💕

Hidden in reply to SquirrelsHolt

Hi SquirrelHolt It’s just about cutting down on risk HAVE had infections of carers in past

This one I don’t want SO if Down Face. Mask so not coughing all over dad that suits me ALSO what happens to those who need care like my dad who need to self isolate

Asked carers and they said don’t know guess be on own

SquirrelsHolt in reply to Hidden

It's just not a good enough answer for them to give to you. Carers supplied by agencies etc will start to dwindle as this virus takes a firmer, widespread hold. They won't be enticed by higher pay because they've families they need to return to every day and wouldn't want to infect them. Oh, could go on forever, moaning about the bigger picture when those at high risk aren't able to get any carers because of the risks etc. Im worried as my94 year old Dad is in a care home and i just hope ot doesn't do the rounds there as it would mean lockdown and no visits 🤒😷🤧😰 ..... 🐿💕

Hidden in reply to SquirrelsHolt

All good point’s but like Government said dose not seem to effect young like elderly chronically sick.

Also if push came to shove they are contracted OR else what’s point of contact’s

Guess everything up in air with stuff like this

I think this is an eminently sensible precaution, so I have emailed my MP and copied to the Secretary of State. I'll let you know if there is any response.

As promised, this is the response from PHE on the email I sent to my MP. The response is rather non-committal, and I would interpret it as saying that "clinicians" (however you would define them) should wear masks, but PHE are obviously not intending to enforce it (if they even could, which I doubt):

Public Health England’s (PHE’s) advice is that face masks play a very important role in clinical settings, such as hospitals, but there is very little evidence of widespread benefit from their use outside of these clinical settings. If used, facemasks must be worn correctly, changed frequently, removed properly, disposed of safely and used in combination with good universal hygiene behaviour in order for them to be effective. Research also shows that compliance with these recommended behaviours reduces over time when wearing facemasks for prolonged periods.

PHE’s advice is updated regularly and is available to view here:

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