Health Advice

Supporting Your Health and that of Others

We are going through a challenging time that could impact on our physical and mental health. Ensure you look after yourselves and others. Below we highlight a range of useful resources to provide you with tools to manage your mental and physical health.

The Mental Health & Productivity Pilot is bringing together a range of tools to support mental health in the workplace and at home across the Midlands Engine region. We are working with them to spread the message to business based in Coventry & Warwickshire.

Public Health England created a suite of assets for you to use to help amplify the message across your communication channels. The campaign materials are available on the Campaign Resource Centre of Public Health England’s website.

Coronavirus Testing

Coronavirus testing has been expanded and is now available to anyone over 5 years old, who displays symptoms of Coronavirus.

Symptoms of Coronavirus have been expanded to include anosmia (loss of change to sense of taste or smell).

Anyone can book a test if they display any of the following symptoms:

  • high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • 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)
  • 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

View the full statement from government

Find out how to book a test

The government has launched a portal so employers in England and Scotland can register and refer self-isolating staff or members of their household. In addition, essential workers in England and Scotland who are self-isolating can also now book their test online directly by visiting www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test 

Download step-by-step guide to using the employer referral portal.

If you need guidance and support, please contact DHSC at opshub@dhsc.gov.uk.

Employees who have been referred for a test can seek assistance from the Coronavirus
Testing Helpdesk on 0300 303 2713 for any technical issues related to their booking.

Find out more about getting tested and eligibility.

Resources for Businesses

The government have provided a number of communication materials to help businesses communicate this new service with their workforce. Download the materials using the links below:

Coronavirus Testing for Essential Workers – Information Pack for Employers

FAQs for Employers of Essential Workers

FAQs for Essential Workers an

Physical Health Tips

NHS provides the following tips on what you can do to help avoid spread the coronavirus:

DO

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get back home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

DON’T

  •  do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

The Government has issued the following points of advice:

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
  • If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Do not meet others, even friends or family.

You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

Live Well

The NHS provides some useful tips to exercise form home and eating well, which you can implement even whilst working from home. Ensure you continue to look after your physical health.

Exercise

Eat Well

Sleep Enough

NHS Test & Trace Service

  • NHS Test and Trace service to form a central part of the government’s coronavirus recovery strategy
  • Anyone with symptoms will be tested and their close contacts will be traced
  • New guidance means those who have been in close contact with someone who tests positive must isolate for 14 days, even if they have no symptoms, to avoid unknowingly spreading the virus

The new NHS Test and Trace service will launch Thursday 28 May across England, the government announced.

The service will help identify, contain and control coronavirus, reduce the spread of the virus and save lives.

From 28th May, anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions. This could include household members, people with whom they have been in direct contact, or within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes.

People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus.

If those in isolation develop symptoms, they can book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119. If they test positive, they must continue to stay at home for 7 days or until their symptoms have passed. If they test negative, they must complete the 14-day isolation period.

Members of their household will not have to stay at home unless the person identified becomes symptomatic, at which point they must also self-isolate for 14 days to avoid unknowingly spreading the virus.

NHS Test and Trace brings together four tools to control the virus

  • Test: increasing availability and speed of testing will underpin NHS Test and Trace
  • Trace: when someone tests positive for coronavirus the NHS Test and Trace service will use dedicated contact tracing staff, online services and local public health experts to identify any close recent contacts they’ve had and alert those most at risk of having the virus who need to self-isolate. This will be complemented by the rollout of the NHS Covid-19 App in the coming weeks
  • Contain: A national Joint Biosecurity Centre will work with local authorities and public health teams in PHE, including local Directors of Public Health, to identify localised outbreaks and support effective local responses, including plans to quickly deploy testing facilities to particular locations. Local authorities have been supported by £300m of new funding to help local authorities develop their own local outbreak control plans
  • Enable: Government to learn more about the virus, including as the science develops, to explore how we could go further in easing infection control measure

Mental Health Tips

Look after your mental health while you have to stay at home.

The government is telling us to stay at home and only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work, to stay two metres (six feet) away from other people and wash our hands as soon as we get home. 
This will mean that more of us will be spending a lot of time at home and many of our regular social activities will no longer be available to us.

The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) provides useful tips to managing your Mental Health:

  • Try to stay connected
  • Talk to your children and family members
  • Try to anticipate distress
  • Try not to make assumptions
  • Try to manage how you follow the outbreak in the media 

The MHF website provides an array of very useful resources on supporting yourself, colleagues, friends and family through these unprecedented times. These include: