Coronavirus (COVID-19) Edgbaston Eye Consultants Update
16 March 2020
In the first of a series of daily briefings on the virus, the prime minister - alongside the government's chief scientific and medical advisers - said the key new measures are as follows:
- Everyone should avoid gatherings and crowded places, such as pubs, clubs and theatres
- Everyone should work from home if they can
- All "unnecessary" visits to friends and relatives in care homes should cease
- By next weekend, those with the most serious health conditions must be "largely shielded from social contact for around 12 weeks"
- The UK is now "three weeks" behind Italy - the worst-hit country in Europe
- If one person in any household has a persistent cough or fever, everyone living there must stay at home for 14 days
- Those people should, if possible, avoid leaving the house "even to buy food or essentials" - but they may leave the house "for exercise and, in that case, at a safe distance from others"
- Schools will not be closed for the moment
Mr Johnson said "drastic action" was needed as the UK approaches "the fast growth part of the upward curve" in the number of cases.
Some patients at Edgbaston Eye Consultants will be self-isolating and not be able to attend the clinic. We are able to give the commitment that we will not stand by and leave you unattended over this difficult period. There are many ways of checking on your eyes including by telephone, or Skype and we conduct a large number of telephone consultations as part of our normal practice. If it is necessary to actually see you in clinic, we are fully equipped with face-masks and gloves to prevent any contamination. We will let you know how things are going, but rest assured that your eye care is safe in our hands.
Professor Robert Scott
Edgbaston Eye Consultants