Advice about Coronavirus (COVID-19)
COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It is caused by a type of virus called a coronavirus.
Trusted sources of information
The recommended sources of information for Derbyshire residents about coronavirus (COVID-19) are the NHS, the UK Government, Public Health England and Derbyshire County Council.
Derbyshire Community Response Unit
Derbyshire County Council is coordinating a massive community response across the county to make sure vulnerable residents are supported through the coronavirus outbreak.
The Derbyshire Community Response Unit has information for those who need help, people who want to volunteer and for partner organisations who are going to co-ordinate help in their local area.
Safeguarding information for volunteers
Many people will be volunteering to help their communities during the coronavirus outbreak, so it is important for them to understand how to spot the signs of abuse and neglect, and how to report any concerns they may have.
Attached to this page is a poster with information for volunteers about what to look out for and what they should do if they’re worried about someone being abused or neglected.
Waltham Forest council has produced a short video for volunteers who are working anywhere to support their local residents. The purpose of the video is to raise the awareness with volunteers of safeguarding for children and vulnerable adults, and tell them what to do if they see something that does not feel right.
The message is simple: if you see something, say something.
Safeguarding adults for people who are self-isolating
Attached to this page is a poster about safeguarding adults for people who are self-isolating.
Information in different languages
Doctors of the World have produced Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for patients in dozens of languages, in partnership with the British Red Cross, Migrant Help and Clear Voice.
British Sign Language (BSL) information
Sign Health have British sign language (BSL) videos about the coronavirus (COVID-19), including the daily government announcements.
Easy read information about coronavirus (COVID-19)
Public Health England has produced an easy read guide about the coronavirus (COVID-19) for protecting people most likely to get very poorly from coronavirus, also called shielding. The guidance is attached to this page.
Information for the bereaved
The government has produced a leaflet called 'Information for the bereaved', which shares important information to help bereaved families, friends or next of kin make important decisions during this national emergency and explains the next steps, answers some of their questions, and guides them to the extra help and support that is available. The leaflet is attached to this page.
The government has produced information about social distancing for everyone in the UK, including children, and those protecting older people and vulnerable people.
Emotional health and wellbeing
If you are feeling anxious, worried or overwhelmed at the moment, then that is perfectly normal. You may be worried about your health and the health of your loved ones, be concerned about money or unsure about how social distancing will affect you. Derbyshire County Council has collected together a list of resources with some great tips to help you look after your emotional health at this time.
Derbyshire County Council's Trading Standards team is urging residents to be extra vigilant and keep themselves safe from scammers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Working with Derbyshire police, trading standards officers are urging people to be wary of possible new coronavirus-related scams being used by doorstep callers and online fraudsters.
The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)
The Department of Health and Social Care has produced guidance for hospitals, care homes and supervisory bodies called The Mental Capacity Act (2005) (MCA) and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic.
This guidance is only valid during the COVID-19 pandemic and applies to those caring for adults who lack the relevant mental capacity to consent to their care and treatment. The guidance applies until withdrawn by the Department. During the pandemic, the principles of the MCA and the safeguards provided by DoLS still apply.