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Health Secretary Matt Hancock gives this advice:

2greys
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Important the UK keeps moving - health secretary

Asked what people should do if their jobs do not allow them to work from home, Health Secretary Matt Hancock gives this advice:

"If you are healthy and not being asked to isolate because someone in your household has symptoms then of course you should still go to work.

"It is important that this country keeps moving as much as we possibly can, within the limits of the advice we have been given."

He also tells MPs that measures on shielding will be for those who have "significant health conditions”. They will be contacted by the NHS, he says.

But he adds the measures were not aimed at the "generality of over 70s who are healthy".

He says the guidance for those over 70 is the same as for people of working age, except that the government strongly advises social distancing measures.

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Omg I'm so angry, disappointed and sad with our assembly and our uk government. Cowards xxx

2greys
2greys in reply to Adirock

You must have watched it as well, I am not impressed either. Very "wishy washy". You could tell Boris was way out of his depth, when he had finished reading out his little written speech and took questions, he was struggling for words, constantly stuttering. What amazed me was there was a lot of talk about social distancing but nothing about banning large gatherings other than to say there would be no emergency service cover for them.

I suppose that in a very roundabout way, no emergency service cover, would mean there would be no insurance cover, so the event could not go ahead? Not the same as an outright ban though.

Inamoment
Inamoment in reply to 2greys

If they don't have emergency cover they can't take place. Theatres have announced they are closing

Comino2
Comino2 in reply to 2greys

Far to many contradictions xx

I don’t think that can be right. I think Matt Hancock will be losing his job soon. He keeps sending out conflicting messages.

The pm and his two pals were very clear it was everyone over 70 and there will be more details about the other categories in the coming days.

As for me, I am not waiting for Boris or Matt to give me permission!

2greys
2greys in reply to Troilus

MH also got the number of deaths wrong as well, he said 53 when it is 55.

I’d really like a list of the ‘health conditions’! Between us, me and OH have several conditions and it would be really helpful if there was a definitive list!

GSXR19
GSXR19 in reply to NannyNooNoo

Here’s the list published tonight by PHE

gov.uk/government/publicati...

NannyNooNoo
NannyNooNoo in reply to GSXR19

Thankyou - I found that last night too

He said (verbatim)

"The measures on shielding are specifically for those who have significant health conditions and will be contacted by the NHS.

"They are not for the generality of over-70s who are healthy, for whom the guidance is the same as for people of working age except that we strongly advise, as oppose to advising."

So it seems there is as yet no list

That’s crystal clear then. Pete will

await a knock at the door or phone call from the NHS or GP perhaps. We will be setting up home delivery of drugs tomorrow with any luck.

Marvellous. Xxxx

Inamoment
Inamoment in reply to sassy59

That works well for me. Food delivery however is a big problem. Sainsbury's have no slots at all, looked well into april

sassy59
sassy59 in reply to Inamoment

That’s a problem then. Hoping to try home delivery but we’ll see,

Take care xxx

Inamoment
Inamoment in reply to sassy59

Apparently same for tesco and iceland. Same with click and collect

sassy59
sassy59 in reply to Inamoment

Oh well, maybe not then. Xxx

Inamoment
Inamoment in reply to sassy59

Normally it's brilliant, so much easier than going round the shop and carting bags. Neither of which i can do

Littlepom
Littlepom in reply to sassy59

Got my Ocado today. On time, no substitutions, nothing missing.

sassy59
sassy59 in reply to Littlepom

Maybe I’ll try Ocado then. Thank you Littlepom glad you got your delivery. Xxx

Littlepom
Littlepom in reply to sassy59

I am not sure if they are taling new customers because inundated. Can't help to try. Good luck. X

sassy59
sassy59 in reply to Littlepom

I’ll see what happens. Thank you. Xxxx

Hidden
Hidden in reply to sassy59

Could try Morrison's I put my first order with them today no problem. No chance with Sainsbury's. 😊 xxx

skischool
skischool in reply to Hidden

yeh thanks Majt,given up on my usual asda and sainsburys and now a fully paid up member of morrison with a delivery coming 01/04. i will live another week,thank you :)

happy ski's and a cat that will be fed xx

Hidden
Hidden in reply to skischool

Hi Skis, I normally shop with asda home delivery but they didn't have a lot of the items I usually get. So I though I'll give Morrison's ago and had no problems with what I wanted. Makes me wonder how one have what you want but not others. Pleased you got what you wanted. 👍 😊 xx pleased Scruffy will be ok. 😊 😘

sassy59
sassy59 in reply to Hidden

Thank you Majt. Our daughter has sorted things for now but will bear Morrison’s in mind. Xxxx

Comino2
Comino2 in reply to Inamoment

Sadly many alone cannot afford home delivery but no provision has been made for that.It would be a wonderful gesture if the minimum spend amount was reduced for those most vulnerable asking for proof if ness to stop those who would take advantage.No help though if no deliveries till April and isolation starts saturday :-( xx

skischool
skischool in reply to Comino2

Try morrisons Comino.min delivery £40,00 and if that's too much send me the bill. sorry don't know their logo so will just slap my a**e asda style. :)

xx

skischool
skischool in reply to Comino2

Comino.isolation is not compulsory and only advisory so f you can manage to travel,albeit at great cost in the early hours whilst most are asleep and it is safer it could possibly help you out in the short term?

xx

Comino2
Comino2 in reply to skischool

Do you mean get a taxi in the middle of the night to an out of town retail park and get my shopping ? I know im a reluctant insomniac but that could be a big ask !!

I have supplies to last a while as I always have after being unable to get out in the past due to illness I learned my lesson and even more stashed this time as I have been putting a little bit by for months knowing that I potentially could be housebound for weeks after my proposed op so I will be ok for longer than some albeit in a few weeks I may have to be tucking into frozen peas on crackers :-) xx

skischool
skischool in reply to Comino2

i am sorry i keep forgetting you are the lady of a camelot legend and require the assistance of a knight in shining armour to guard you on your nocturnal travels.

do you have a blender for those crackers and frozen peas and will you invite me to dinner? :)

xx

Comino2
Comino2 in reply to skischool

Is there blue badge parking for horses in the car park ? xx

skischool
skischool in reply to Comino2

Only those animals suitably adapted to carry a wheelchair. :)

xx

Comino2
Comino2 in reply to skischool

I have blue badge but no wheelchair,I will sit behind you side saddle clutching my' bag for life' in one hand and my nectar points card in the other. :-) xx

skischool
skischool in reply to Comino2

Sorted then just saddling up a cat cunningly disguised as a horse. :)

xx

Comino2
Comino2 in reply to skischool

Not a good idea one of us with a knackered back is enough xx

Littlepom
Littlepom in reply to sassy59

Oh too right. I should think we know that this is a respiratory illness and we have respiratory damage and serious problems already. Can't wait to be contacted. They won't even know what bronch is as usual.

Pregnant women, people over the age of 70 and those with certain health conditions should consider the advice "particularly important", he said.

People in at-risk groups will be asked within days to stay home for 12 weeks.

More than 1,500 people have tested positive for the virus in the UK - but the actual number of cases is estimated to be between 35,000 and 50,000.

In the first of a series of daily briefings on the virus, the prime minister - alongside the government's chief scientific and medical advisers - said the key new measures are:

Everyone should avoid gatherings and crowded places, such as pubs, clubs and theatres

Everyone should work from home if they can

All "unnecessary" visits to friends and relatives in care homes should cease

By next weekend, those with the most serious health conditions must be "largely shielded from social contact for around 12 weeks"

The UK is now "three weeks" behind Italy - the worst-hit country in Europe

If one person in any household has a persistent cough or fever, everyone living there must stay at home for 14 days

Those people should, if possible, avoid leaving the house "even to buy food or essentials" - but they may leave the house "for exercise and, in that case, at a safe distance from others"

Schools will not be closed for the moment

Chief medical adviser Prof Chris Whitty said the group of people who should take "particular care to minimise their social contact" were:

read more: bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51917562

Other adults who would normally be advised to have the flu vaccine (such as those with chronic diseases)

Don't all of us here get the flu vaccine? I'm finding it hard to keep up with what's happening in the UK. I get the flu vaccine so what does this mean for me? 🤔

Self-isolation, stay at home, no visitors, your sheep would be allowed to visit you. Get shopping delivered?

So long as my sheep can visit me that's ok 😊

If you can clear the area between you and your sheep, guarantee no one will be able to come and talk to you, get within 10ft, can visit sheep. Carry a notice saying I already have the Virus, might even scare the sheep!! Have fun, at least we all have here to talk to.

Definitely I'd see no one except my sheep. 🐑

Yes thankfully we all have each other here.

Self-isolation, stay at home, no visitors, your sheep would be allowed to visit you. Get shopping delivered?

There is a list of people who need to self isolate/socially distance themselves on gov.uk

Respiratory conditions are listed. Those with severe disease will be contacted next week.

2greys
2greys in reply to Troilus

gov.uk/government/publicati...

Comino2
Comino2 in reply to Troilus

Who will contact us next week? and I really do hope that who ever it is will be giving us practical help not just rules and regulations xx

Here’s the list from PHE, I’m surprised Bronchiectasis isn’t on there

gov.uk/government/publicati...

I'm sure they could but they might eat most of it on the way.

You've just given me an idea, I could set up a sheep home delivery service. 🐑 They could carry shopping to people who can't go out. Wouldn't that be great if they could actually do that. You'd get your shopping delivered by a friendly sheep. 🛍️

My daughter has two part time jobs to pay mortgage etc.....and underlying asthma.......but one free lance teaching job is practically impossible to do because venues are closing .

No money, no redress . No money if she gets sick....like lots of other workers.

No proper government help, just putting onus on individual .

PS....I have shopped on line for years ...now all slots taken in Tesco and Morrisons for ages. They very good and warned me , so I managed to book weeks in advance.

I do feel sorry for drivers and pickers , especially as so many goods sold out .

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