Posted: Tuesday 7th April 2020
News that the Prime Minister is in intensive care at St Thomas’ Hospital has shocked us all. It is a stark reminder that coronavirus does not discriminate. Covid-19 is affecting the old and young, vulnerable and healthy. I send my best wishes to him for a full and speedy recovery, and my thoughts are also with his partner and family.
Recently, news reports have included frontline doctors and nurses describing the horrendous symptoms found in the most serious of cases. Despite these hard hitting and sometimes distressing reports, and the recent increase in deaths, I find it unbelievable that a small minority of people are still finding excuses to go outside when it is not essential or necessary.
According to the medical experts, we will be approaching the peak of the virus over the next week. I cannot stress enough how important it is that over the next week we stick to staying at home, unless we are leaving for the essential reasons outlined by Government: shopping, medical appointments or for your daily exercise.
I know these rules are tough. I know how relentless it may be on our physical and mental health, particularly for people who do not have a garden or people who live in flats with no outdoor space. It must feel even harder for those with young children who may be confused or anxious about why their everyday lives have changed and why they cannot see their friends. I want you to remember that these challenges are temporary - we will get through this and we must hold on to that and stay inside to lessen the impact on our NHS and save lives.
I do believe that taking care of our mental and physical health in these difficult times is very important. So, whether it’s doing an online workout, running up and down your stairs, doing yoga in your garden or just taking a walk around the block once a day with your children let’s make sure we are also taking care of ourselves – while keeping in line with restrictions, of course.
As it’s World Health Day I’m delighted to hear some fantastic news about a vital supply of personal protective equipment (PPE), from the Government, that has been distributed to the five local authority areas in Avon and Somerset especially for our key workers in adult social care and care homes.
Over one million pieces of PPE will be distributed to those working on the frontline in communities or care homes to ensure they are protected while giving some of our most vulnerable residents the critical care they need.
I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has played a part in obtaining this extra PPE for this vital area of frontline work – it will allow those brilliant people who work in social care to be properly protected and can continue to do their job