COVID-19 is an illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.
The most important symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of any of the following:
- a new continuous cough
- a high temperature
- a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
For most people, COVID-19 will be a mild illness. However, if you have any of the symptoms above, stay at home and arrange to have a test.
If you or anyone in your household, or anyone you have recently been in contact with tests positive for COVID-19, you must self isolate. More detail on when to self isolate and for how long here.
There are three simple actions we must all do to keep on protecting each other
- Wash hands - keep washing your hands regularly
- Cover face - wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
- Make space - stay at least 2 metres apart - or 1 metre with a face covering or other precautions
From the 5th January, England will be in a state of nationwide lockdown.
This means that:
You must stay at home. You can only leave your home or be outside of your home for a limited number of reasons. You can leave home to:
- shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
- go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
- exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
- meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
- seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
- attend education or childcare - for those eligible
For more guidance on the current national lockdown, click here.
Public health guidelines:
Regardless of whether you have symptoms or not, Public Health England recommends all citizens do the following:
Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to.
To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue in a bin immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel.
Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.
The most important symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of any of the following: a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia). For most people, COVID-19 will be a mild illness. However, if you have any of the symptoms above, stay at home and arrange to have a test.
To see all, up to date Government advice on the virus, click here.
Big Society Response
In these uncertain times, it is vital that we, as a society, all pull together and make sure we are looking after those most vulnerable. Lots of organisations across our area are offering help to those who are vulnerable or have had to self-isolate during the outbreak, which, sadly, does not show signs of abating any time soon.
Here I have tried to gather as comprehensive list as possible for all areas of my constituency, of groups and organisations that are offering help. If you or someone you know needs help but you're not sure who to go to, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will do my best to direct you to what assistance is available.
The Coronavirus Hampshire Helpline – Hantshelp4vulnerable - can be contacted on 0333 370 4000. has been set up by Hampshire County Council. The helpline is available seven days a week, from 9am to 5pm, and is for vulnerable people who do not have support from families, friends or their local community, and who need urgent assistance with practical issues. You can see more information here.
Also, Steve Brine spoke in the House of Commons right back at the start of this crisis about the need for "big society" to step up and he cited the work of the Hursley Community Shop to support people in that village.
Since then, the whole country has seen a blossoming of community led support for those self-isolating and/or stuck at home. Below you can see, by each community in the constituency, places to go if you need help or are offering help.
Thank you in advance ...
- Please contact the Alresford Pigs Association by email: email@example.com or call their helpline 01962 658961.
- There is a Covid-19 support group on Facebook here.
- The New Alresford Town Council have also issued a call for help, for more details email firstname.lastname@example.org or 07817 263463 or check the attached document.
- The New Alresford Town Trust has launched a hardship appeal fund, for more information please see the attached document at the bottom of the page.
Badger Farm & Oliver's Battery
- See the flyer at the bottom of this page under 'attachments'. You can also email the OB parish clerk at email@example.com.
- See these Facebook threads if you need or can offer any help in Badger Farm or Oliver's Battery.
- There is also the Oliver's Battery Community Group, which you can call on 07796 473804 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- In Badger Farm, you can contact the Parish council by email at email@example.com or call 01425 656010.
- In Badger Farm, you can also contact Julie Lacey (vice-chairman of the Parish council) on 07734 458840 and John Godbold (Parish councillor) on 07711 112643, who are both happy to help.
Bighton and Gundleton
- See the parish magazine at the bottom of this page under 'attachments'. You can also email the group of volunteers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Please contact Parish of Chandler’s Ford (St Boniface and St Martin in the Wood). who have launched a Crisis Care Scheme. See their website here.
- There is also the Chandler's Ford Help Group who you can contact at Chandlersfordhelp@yahoo.com or by phoning 07493 087427 or 07340 910784. You can see more details on their Facebook page here.
City of Winchester - If you wish to volunteer to help Winchester Churches Night Shelter click here. - Winchester Basics Bank is in need of donations now more than ever. More on how to donate here. - A Mutual Aid Facebook group has been set up for the city. Click here. -Trinity Winchester is currently running an appeal, as those most vulnerable in our society must be looked after at this time, more info here. - You can find a list of businesses that are offering delivery services here.
- Abbotts Barton - See this Facebook thread if you need or can offer any help in Abbotts Barton.
- Bar End - Please check Winchester Vineyard Church's website here. See this Facebook thread if you need or can offer any help in Bar End.
- City Centre - See this Facebook thread if you need or can offer any help in the City Centre.
- Fulflood - See this Facebook thread if you need or can offer any help in Fulflood.
- Highcliffe - See this Facebook thread if you need or can offer any help in Highcliffe.
- Hyde - See this Facebook thread if you need or can offer any help in Hyde.
- St Cross - Please email Christ Church at email@example.com. See this Facebook thread if you need or can offer any help in St Cross.
- St Giles Hill - See this Facebook thread if you need or can offer any help in St Giles Hill.
- Stanmore - See this Facebook thread if you need or can offer any help in Stanmore.
- Weeke -Please contact Revd Ed Dines of St Barnabas, St Lukes and St Marks. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01962 886629.
- Winnall - See this Facebook thread if you need or can offer any help in Winnall.
- Please email the CC Parish Clerk at email@example.com or call 01962 713700.
- See a the bottom of the page an attached list of companies who deliver in the area
Compton, Otterbourne, Shawford & Hursley -
- The Compton News - Newspaper Home Delivery Service are offering extra support at this time. Either email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02380 434 026.
- Hursley Community Shop and Post Office are helping with urgent supplies of essentials. More information can be seen on their Facebook page here or call 07789 237201.
- A community facebook group covering Hursley has been set up and you can see it here.
- More information and contact details for Hursley can be found on their website here.
- A Mutual Aid Facebook group has been set up for the area, you can see it here.
- Otterbourne Parish Council is coordinating the volunteers. You can contact them at email@example.com or 07716 400277 and firstname.lastname@example.org or 01962 714551
- See the leaflet at the bottom of this page under 'attachments', you can also contact the Parish council by email at email@example.com or call 07493 417313.
- See this Facebook thread if you need or can offer any help in the Itchen Valley.
Littleton & Harestock
- If you are in Littleton, please see the attached document below with a list of those providing help to the community, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org should you wish to help.
- See this Facebook thread if you need or can offer any help in Harestock.
Sparsholt & Crawley
- If you live in Sparsholt and need help, email email@example.com or call the village shop on 01962 776998. If you have an urgent issue, please call 07595 967259.
- Crawley residents can view the flyer attached below to see a list of numbers to call.
- See this Facebook thread if you need or can offer any help in Sparsholt & Crawley
- Please email Revd Paul Bradish at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01962 882166 .
- Several Facebook groups are offering support in and around Twyford. They are listed below. You can also email the parish clerk here email@example.com.
- Twyford (Hants) Residents – A group to find out about what is going on in Twyford - Find it here.
- Together, We are Twyford - Posts provided on what is going on in Twyford - Find it here.
- Twyford Mutual Support - A group to help coordinate support for community members during the Covid-19 outbreak. Find it here.
- You can contact the volunteers at Twyford Surgery via their Facebook page here.
- See a the bottom of the page an attached list of companies who deliver in the area
Wonston & Micheldever
- You can contact Revd Dr John Rennie, Holy Trinity Church Wonston, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01962 760827.
My team and I are constantly updating this page. If you have anything to add that I've missed off, please let me know by email: email@example.com.