Covid-19: Would you be ready for a local outbreak?

Rates of Covid-19 have been comparatively low in this area – but East Sussex County Council is planning for the possibility of future local outbreaks.

Darrell Gale, its director of public health, has put together a checklist of what we should do in the case of another lockdown.

Tips to prepare for self-isolation

Being shut off from the world for a fortnight is a long time and there’s plenty to think about in advance.

  1. Make sure your prescriptions are up to date and you’ve got at least two weeks stock in your house. Speak to your pharmacist if you are unsure what you might need.
  2. Check you have enough food and essential supplies for yourself, your family and your pets. Also remember; nappies, medicines, plasters, cleaning or sanitary products.
  3.  Do you have a dog? Is there someone you can call upon to walk it if you must self-isolate or shield yourself? The PDSA have published some helpful information for self-isolating pet owners.
  4. If you pay your utilities using a pay-as-you-go meter, make sure your card is topped up and can add credit if you need to without leaving the house.
  5. Get a free library card and get yourself set up so that you can borrow free ebooks and audiobooks from the comfort of your home.
  6. Check you have a good supply of activities to keep yourself entertained such as books, puzzles, board games or craft activities. If you have kids, BBC Good food have an activities for kids guide including recipes for playdough and salt dough. You could also check out our article Keeping kids busy at home.
  7. Organise your friends and family to facetime/call you at regular intervals or think about playing games online with one another. This is a great way to keep in touch!
  8. Have a plan for if you need something urgently. Who would you call if your medicine or food supplied ran low? Most of us will have friends and family around that are only too happy to help but for those that don’t there are people out there that can help including your local Community Hub or the NHS Volunteer Responders.

Working together to prevent a local outbreak

The County Council will continue to plan for a local outbreak but we can all work together to avoid a local lockdown by remembering to:

  • keep 2 metres apart from other people wherever you can
  • regularly wash your hands
  • wear a facemask in shops and other enclosed public places (read our article Let’s talk face coverings! For the latest info and tips on how to make your own face covering, )
  • if you feel at all unwell (a new persistent cough, a change in smell or taste, or a raised temperature) immediately book a test and stay at home for at least 10 days. Book a test online or call 119 if you have trouble using the internet.
  • If you are asked to self-isolate by the NHS test and trace team, please do.

Photo: Matt Seymour

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