HE is the calm voice of the coronavirus outbreak and has been providing his skilled recommendation to the nation as we attempt to hold protected and nicely, in physique and thoughts. Dr Hilary Jones – Well being Editor for ITV’s Good Morning Britain – has been answering your questions which have been pouring in to The Solar of their 1000’s.
As we speak, EMMA PIETRAS brings you the much-respected physician’s solutions to our readers’ dilemmas – on assist care for his or her family members similtaneously safeguarding their very own well being.
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Q. Is it protected to journey from Surrey into London to maintain my grandchildren whereas my daughter offers delivery in hospital?
A. Someone has to take care of the grandchildren however if you’re over 70 or have a pre-existing medical situation, your daughter ought to actually attempt to discover another person if she is simply anticipated to remain in hospital for a number of hours for the delivery.
But when there actually is nobody else, you possibly can contemplate this an important journey, as your grandchildren want care.
Q. I’m asthmatic and my companion is type-1 diabetic. Which of us is at larger danger? We now have to do the procuring ourselves, as there are by no means supply slots accessible with any supermarkets.
A. Your circumstances put each of you within the weak group with an equal danger of larger penalties do you have to come down with the virus.
Whereas you’ll want to keep at house as a lot as doable and to bodily distance your self from different individuals, it’s all proper for both of you to get important provides from the grocery store — as sometimes as doable.
Q. Are you able to catch the virus from takeaway meals?
A. Cooking meals would kill the virus simply.
So all of it depends upon how the meals is put into any packaging and the way successfully private hygiene is being practised by the restaurant employees.
If the take-away is in packaging, take away the meals, discard the packaging and wash your arms earlier than consuming.
Q. I’m in my eighties and might’t do the roles I used to do across the house. Am I protected to name a tradesman to do the work?
A. For non-emergency work, please wait earlier than you permit any tradesmen into your private home.
Any one in every of them may unwittingly convey the virus into your private home, with probably disastrous penalties.
Nevertheless, in case you have a flood from a leaking pipe otherwise you odor gasoline from the boiler, that’s completely different and would take precedence — though you have to nonetheless bodily distance your self from whoever helps you.
Q. My home is joined on to a funeral director’s and I’ve observed the employees sporting face masks. Ought to I be frightened if they’re coping with coronavirus victims?
A. If they don’t seem to be already coping with coronavirus victims, they might be quickly.
Funeral administrators are doing an exquisite job regardless of a scarcity of correct private protecting gear, and are coping with bereaved individuals whose preparations for his or her family members’ funerals have been severely disrupted.
Nevertheless, the virus can’t have an effect on you residing subsequent door — though it is best to, after all, bodily distance your self from the employees when speaking to them.
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Q. My husband, who’s 76, has an appointment subsequent week on the hospital to have an injection for macular degeneration. Is that this protected?
A. Examine with the hospital whether or not this appointment goes forward.
The remedy is designed to assist save individuals’s sight however many such procedures are being postponed throughout the present emergency.
The clinic could nicely say that it’s as much as your husband, wherein case, you will want to decide primarily based on how extreme his eye situation is and the way shortly it’s progressing.
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