During this time of National Crisis due to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic it is more important than ever that we follow the advice the government has published; it will save lives. To remind you of what the advice is: –

If you have a new and continuous cough or high temperature or other symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started. If you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus, then you must stay at home for 7 days, but all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Only call NHS 111 if your symptoms get worse or are no better after isolation. Do not go to the Hospital or you local GP.

Please wash your hands more often for 20 seconds using soap and water when you get home or into work, blow your nose, sneeze or cough or handle food.

If you find yourself in a situation of uncertainty around your job, please follow the advice the Government has published. It will help to reassure you as to your situation and how you can access finances and help such as Universal Credit, Statutory Sick Pay and Sick Notes.

If you are a business owner and require support, please visit the Government webpage where you will be able to find details of how the government can help you and how you can apply for this support.

Please stay at home, make no unnecessary journeys or social contact. Only leave home for essential shopping, medical needs or one form of exercise per day. You can travel to and from work only if absolutely necessary. You and your employer should be making all possible efforts to work from home. However, in some cases the government understands this may not be possible. Do not visit other people’s houses or socialise outside your home. The police have been given the powers to fine individuals should they not follow the rules.

Please follow this advice as it will save lives and allow our NHS and Public Services to combat this pandemic and we will win this fight.

For any further help or information please visit www.gov.uk or call Durham County Council on 0191 377 1889 or Darlington Borough Council 01325 405000 where they will be able to help. Or email my office at paul.howell.mp@parliament.uk or call 020 7219 4272.

Thank you for following the governments advice in doing so you will save lives.

Best wishes,

Paul Howell

Member of Parliament

for Sedgefield