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Wee ideas tae help plan in case ye need tae self-isolate

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Think by now most of us are feeling pretty weary of the whole COVID-19 situation. 

We are all doing our best to follow the rules and yet, the virus is still an issue. 

Going into winter we know, we cannot let our guard down as hospitals are busy enough this time of year without COVID-19 and businesses, well, businesses can't keep getting switched on and off like a light switch or eventually like an overworked light bulb, they will blow! 

Taking jobs with them. However, the virus just loves being around people so reducing the number of people who are together helping reduce the chances the virus has to spread. 

The fewer people who have the virus the fewer people they can spread the virus to, and we can return to a bit of normal as we did before in the summer. 

Remember, not everyone who has the virus knows it, as they themselves may not be showing any symptoms. 

One way I have found lets me get on with my day, is I act as if everyone else has it and could give it to me, or, I have it and don't know it and could give it to others, so I am vigilant and follow the rules, and hard as it is, accept for now things we may want to do, are on hold, so its finding things we can do and putting our energy there. 

Of course, any of the symptoms of COVID-19 and it's off to book a test! 

Symptoms being:

  • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

For more information visit: https://www.nhsinform.scot/self-help-guides/self-help-guide-coronavirus-covid-19

This isn't anyone's fault, none of us has been in this situation, and it's not just us, it's the whole world. Trying to find ways to get the virus under control will take all of us working together to help reduce the risk of people getting it and becoming ill and to help keep the infection rate down so businesses can open and start back with some sense of being able to plan for the future.

We are not powerless, there are things we can do, follow FACTS.


 We recognise for many reasons; some people may have anxieties about self-isolating. With partners including the voices of those currently self-isolating, we put together this wee booklet which offers ideas to help plan if you need to self-isolate, you already have answers to some of the challenges you may face. 

This doesn't replace official guidance and we advise using the official sites we share in the wee book, it's just a wee thing, a group of people who care, put together to try, even a wee bit, to help in these strange times.

There are many pieces on our site which you may find helpful around looking after you during this pandemic. We are hearing talk of vaccines, new treatments, learning more about COVID-19 so we can knock it back into touch. 

We are strong people, we may be weary and fed up, feeling overwhelmed by all that is happening, but looking out for each other, working to support solutions, not wasting energy on blame, more of us can come through this. 

Some days one of us needs to be there for another, sometimes another needs to be there for us, being there for each other, knowing we all matter, being kind to ourselves and each other, will help reduce the suffering until this is behind us

At this time we aren't getting to do the things we usually do, we aren't getting to see the people we love and care about in ways before we took for granted, we may be facing real anxieties about the future in terms of what this means for our jobs, our children, our way of life. These anxieties are natural; however, we are smarter than a virus. We will beat this together.

Remember people do care, I care

Hilda

The scented sitooterie

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