Dear wonderful audience
During these unprecedented times of a pandemic-status viral outbreak, I am sure that like me, you are checking websites and news outlets daily as the unknown is certainly scarier than the known.
Rumours and whispers circulating hints at more extreme measures becoming imminent, already being in place across the world.
As a mother of three children; a teenager, a six-year-old and a five-year-old – each needing a particular style of parenting as they are all different. If you have been following my journey, you will know that my youngest has certain challenges which means that our whole parenting style has had to evolve to meet his needs. The need for routine and constant communication in regard to routine has been a necessity to his health and wellbeing. Now, with the threat of school-closures long term and very few warnings about when this is happening, leaves little time in regard to preparation.
So, with that in mind, I am suspending all activities that are not family-focused. Giving myself time to plan home-schooling so we are all prepared if it does indeed close for months. Not only that but with the risk of losing wages; with one of us being zero-hours contract and the other being a full-time parent carer and student, we need to work out contingencies. We also have our own parents that fall into the “high risk” category and will have to go into the mandatory self-isolation. I should be joining them as a chronic asthmatic, but as a parent, I cannot. Though we will be severely limiting our risk by not going out and trying to make our last shop carry us through.
What I will be doing will be creating timetables that are broken up, so my kids continue with their learning, I get my own coursework done (which is harder to do with kids around) creating engaging lesson plans that work around my youngest due to his energy and lack of attention span. Creating tailored lists and fun things that will keep them busy and engaged. I also need to work out food ideas; due to my youngest’s food restrictions (fussiness) as well as having the last deep-check to ensure I have ingredients to make what we don’t have as well as ingredients to create things within the lesson plans. I will also use this time to have a deep clean and sort out of our filled up house and preparing the unused room to be used as an office once this is all over – that room should have been my youngest’s but is unused as he and all the kids sleep better with him using the sofa as a bed (he will only settle there – at a reasonable time. He cannot sleep properly in the bedroom). I will also be trying – in between all of this – to focus on my own mental health. I have started counselling and was told to find time for myself.
Although this is keeping me busy; I love spending time with my children and I am concentrated on removing anxiety within these uncertain times. So I will be taking a step back. I will be still vocal on my social media and will share credible information via these platforms.
So I wish you all well, you will all be in my thoughts.
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 – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
- a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly
- Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
- You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
- Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home.
How long to stay at home
- if you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
- if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms
- If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.
- If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.
Urgent advice: Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
How to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus (social distancing)
Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading.
It is particularly important for people who:
- are 70 or over
- have a long-term condition
- are pregnant
- have a weakened immune system
- 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
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
- do not have visitors to your home, including friends and family
- The NHS will contact you from Monday 23 March 2020 if you are at particularly high risk of getting seriously ill with coronavirus. You’ll be given specific advice about what to do.
- Do not contact your GP or healthcare team at this stage – wait to be contacted.
How coronavirus is spread
Because it’s a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person.
Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.
It’s very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food.
There are some countries and areas where there’s a higher chance of coming into contact with someone with coronavirus.
If you’re planning to travel abroad and are concerned about coronavirus, see advice for travellers on GOV.UK.
Treatment for coronavirus
- There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus.
- Antibiotics do not help, as they do not work against viruses.
- Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the illness.
- You’ll need to stay in isolation, away from other people, until you have recovered.