This is a worrying time for all of us, but particularly for the older and more vulnerable
members of our community. The number of cases of coronavirus in Surrey
continues to increase and there is a large concentration of cases in London

The situation is changing rapidly with new government announcements daily. What
is clear is that as a community we need to help and protect those who are most
vulnerable to this virus.

How to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus (social distancing)

The NHS website has excellent advice on what everyone should do to stop
coronavirus spreading - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/. We
should all familiarise ourselves with this guidance even if we think we know it
already.

There is a lot of fake information and advice about the virus circulating on social
media, eg that it can be killed by acid in the stomach. Always treat information
circulating on the internet with scepticism and refer to official sources of advice.

Chelsham, Farleigh and Warlingham Coronavirus Aid

It is heartening that our local community is coming together to help our neighbours.
The Chelsham, Farleigh and Warlingham Coronavirus Aid initiative is offering aid for
anyone who is self-isolating due to the coronavirus by delivering household
essentials and food. A leaflet describing the new scheme is being delivered to all
households by volunteers.

If you would like to help with this initiative or need help, you can find information on
the group’s Facebook page @coronavirusaidwarlingham or click here
Unfortunately, there are also reports of scammers preying on the elderly and
vulnerable, offering to buy groceries and running off with their money. Do not trust
anyone who asks for money in advance.

Sensible Shopping

Another way we can help each other is to be sensible when stocking up on food and
other supplies. There should be enough for everybody if people don’t buy more
than they really need.

How to deal with your waste if you’re self-isolating

The government has advised anyone who is self-isolating with symptoms of
coronavirus, including those with a diagnosis of the virus, should treat their
household waste as follows:

  • Personal waste eg used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored
    securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into
    another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste within your
    own room. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in
    your usual external household waste bin.
  • Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.

The advice also says when cleaning you should use your usual household products
like detergents and bleach as these will be very effective at getting rid of the virus on
surfaces. Clean frequently touched surfaces.

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