With the number of cases of coronavirus in the UK rising, we are following the situation in the Cotswolds closely.
The latest available evidence is that for most people, Coronavirus will be like having a cough, fever and maybe being short of breath. However, for some people the symptoms can be much more serious. The chart above from the World Heath Organisation can help you diagnose whether you might have Coronavirus, or flu or a bad cold.
The best place to go for local information is Cotswold District Council's Coronavirus page
IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE CORONAVIRUS
Please check the latest guidance on the NHS Coronavirus website.
If you think you have Coronavirus, use the online NHS Coronavirus diagnosis tool for the quickest response. Do NOT visit your GP, and try not to phone if possible.
We must follow the NHS advice on self-isolating and social distancing if we think we might have Coronavirus. This will reduce the pressure on the NHS and save lives.
WHERE CAN I GET LOCAL UPDATES?
The best place to go for local information is Cotswold District Council's Coronavirus page.
Also check Gloucestershire County Council's Community Help Hub.
These pages are updated regularly, so please check back. There might also be alerts you can sign up to.
HOW CAN I HELP, OR ASK FOR HELP?
Please offer help via the Community Help Hub, either as an individual, or a business or organisation.
You can also use the Help Hub to ask for help, whether that’s shopping or a medical need, and to register someone else that needs help or support.
It will take a few days for your request to be connected to a local support group, so register now rather than waiting until the help is urgent.
In the meantime, we must follow NHS advice on staying at home, self-isolating and social distancing. This massively reduces the spread of the virus, limiting the pressure on the NHS and saving lives.
HOW WILL I PAY THE BILLS?
The fundamental advice is that in almost every case, there is a support scheme to suspend,waive or defer payments. That applies to season tickets for rail passengers, other services you might have paid for but can't now use, and even utility companies.
Everyone wants to help you get through this, see the Money Saving Expert Coronavirus Advice for details and tips.
Cotswold District Council is responsible for tax collection, including businesses rates, council tax and benefits. Other schemes, such as grants and loans for businesses to keep operating, or salary payments for employees and the self-employed, will be delivered directly by the government.
Employees and the self-employed should read the government's advice for employees. If you're employed by a business or company, you should be aware of your rights - you might need to discuss being 'furloughed' to avoid unnecessary redundancies or business closures, for example.
WHAT ARE THE GOVERNMENT AND LOCAL COUNCILS DOING?
See the government's latest advice for Coronavirus, which has links to schemes to support businesses, individuals, education and social care. There are daily briefings from the government to update us on the situation.
Gloucestershire County Council is the local lead authority, its advice is posted on the Community Help Hub.
Cotswold District Council's coronavirus page has a full range of advice on various topics, from bin collections to business rates to council tax relief.