There is no better time to have the comfort of a local pharmacy close at hand to answer questions and concerns about the well documented strain of Coronavirus which is sweeping across China and beyond.
Originating from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the flu-like virus causes illness which can range from normal flu symptoms to more severe respiratory syndromes. Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Most people will recover quickly and it is only in a small minority of instances that the infection leads to pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome or more serious, even fatal consequences.
To minimise infection we recommend regular hand washing and using a hand sanitizer – especially when cooking, eating, after shopping or socialising. Cover mouth and nose when coughing and catch sneezes in a hanky, which should be placed in a waste bin. Try to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth and ensure you wash your hands regularly.
Avoid contact with anyone showing signs of flu-like symptoms and notify your GP if you, or someone in your household, is showing signs of the flu virus. If anyone in your household is demonstrating high fever, shortness of breath or breathing difficulties please call 111 and ask for urgent advice.
Ensure you have a well stocked medicine cabinet – ideally you should keep paracetamol to hand in case of high temperatures, plus hand sanitizer at home, work and in the car to use regularly. Should you develop any symptoms of flu it is always best to stay in the comfort of your own home to recover quickly and avoid spreading illness.
Should you have any concerns or queries please visit or contact the pharmacy and we will be pleased to offer advice. At Reavley Chemist we are on hand 7 days a week to assist with any concerns and to provide initial medical advise should you so require.