By stick­ing at it, we can all save lives

Lennox Herald - - NEWS -

As the na­tional ef­fort con­tin­ues to slow the spread of coro­n­avirus, it’s im­por­tant to ac­knowl­edge the part each and ev­ery per­son in Scot­land has played in help­ing save lives.

The re­stric­tions placed on our day to day lives have un­doubt­edly been tough. Peo­ple are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the loss of so­cial in­ter­ac­tion, loss of liveli­hoods and, for some, the loss of health or a loved one.

But the mea­sures re­main nec­es­sary to stop coro­n­avirus and it’s vi­tal the na­tion con­tin­ues to help in the fight against this pan­demic.

Ev­ery part of Scot­land will be af­fected by this virus and the sit­u­a­tion we face is se­ri­ous. How­ever, as we’ve seen, by peo­ple do­ing the right thing, to­gether we can re­duce the im­pact, flat­ten the curve, and save lives.

Not fol­low­ing guid­ance – or lift­ing re­stric­tions too soon – could re­sult in many more peo­ple be­com­ing ill or dy­ing, and risk our NHS be­ing over­whelmed.

It’s im­por­tant to re­main aware of the symp­toms of coro­n­avirus and lat­est guid­ance. Th­ese can be found at www.nhsin­form.scot.

If you have symp­toms you think may be coro­n­avirus, do not leave your home for seven days. If you are in a house­hold with some­one else who has symp­toms, you should not leave your home for 14 days, even if you re­main symp­tom free.

If you start to dis­play symp­toms dur­ing those 14 days, you should stay at home for seven days from the date symp­toms be­gin. By do­ing so, you will help control the spread of the virus.

If you need to go out for ex­er­cise or shop­ping, keep two me­tres apart at all times (that’s roughly the length of a dou­ble bed or two shop­ping trol­leys) and wash your hands as soon as you get home.

Reg­u­larly wash­ing your hands with soap and wa­ter for 20 sec­onds re­duces the risk of catch­ing and spread­ing the virus. It’s also im­por­tant to try and avoid touch­ing your face.

Scot­land’s Na­tional Clin­i­cal Di­rec­tor, Ja­son Leitch said: “Peo­ple across the coun­try have done a great job of fol­low­ing the ad­vice to stay at home and I’d like to say thank you for ev­ery­thing you’re do­ing.

“We don’t un­der­es­ti­mate how hard it has been, but ev­ery sin­gle life is pre­cious. That is why we need peo­ple to stick at it and con­tinue to fol­low the guid­ance to slow the spread of the virus, pro­tect the

NHS and our loved ones.

“The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment is work­ing day and night to do the very best it can for the peo­ple of Scot­land dur­ing the pan­demic, guided by the lat­est sci­en­tific and med­i­cal ad­vice.

“Whilst there are some early signs that the lead indi­ca­tors may be flat­ten­ing off, or not ac­cel­er­at­ing as they were, it’s im­por­tant to stress the sit­u­a­tion re­mains se­ri­ous. That’s why our mes­sage con­tin­ues to be ‘stay at home’.

“If we re­move mea­sures too early that will crum­ble. We need to be very, very cau­tious as we move for­ward. We are in it for a long haul, and it’s im­por­tant to stress that ev­ery­body needs to play their part.

“There has been no big­ger ask of the na­tion, but ev­ery time you fol­low the lat­est ad­vice, you’re help­ing us save lives. I’d ap­peal to you to con­tinue to do the right thing”.

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