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The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
  • New continuous cough and/or
  • High temperature
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste  

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness If you have coronavirus symptoms:
  • Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
  • You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home
  • Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home
  • Plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household
  • Ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
  • Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
  • If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999
  • Visit NHS 111 Online for more information

Stay at Home
  • If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (See ending isolation section below for more information)
  • If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members 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
  • It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
  • For anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period. (See ending isolation section below for more information
  • If you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
  • If you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible
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Mar 2014
Allergy sufferers warned as 2,300 lifesaving pens recalled
Allergy sufferers warned as 2,300 lifesaving pens recalled MORE than 2,300 life-saving injection pens, used by allergy sufferers to stop them going into lethal toxic shock, have been recalled by the Irish Medicines Board (IMB). The Jext pen is used in emergencies to stop someone with a severe allergic reaction going into anaphylactic shock and dying. The IMB has recalled several batches of the pen – totalling 2,368 pens – because of a potential quality defect which could lead to injection failure. Fourteen-year-old Emma Sloan died recently on the street in Dublin City Centre after an allergic reaction to peanuts. Her mother was refused an emergency adrenaline pen injector by a pharmacy because she did not have a prescription. Emma's death prompted Health Minister James Reilly to look at ways of making adrenaline pen injectors more available. John Lynch, Director of Compliance at the IMB, said that while the defect could affect a very small number of pens, the IMB had not received any reports from patients or the medical profession in Ireland of any such failures. "This recall is precautionary in nature," he said. He urged patients who normally carried such pens to "adhere to current medical advice that they carry two pens at all times". In all, seven lots of Jext pens have been recalled and users are asked to exchange the affected pens at their pharmacy or clinic. About 5pc of adults and 3pc of children in this country have severe food allergies. Of 689 people admitted to hospital in 2012 for anaphylaxis, more than half were under 17. The numbers do not include those treated at home or by their GP. The most common causes of anaphylactic shock are peanuts, tree nuts like almonds, walnuts, cashews, brazil nuts and sesame seeds, along with fish, shellfish, dairy products, eggs and soya, wasp or bee stings, natural latex (rubber), penicillin and other drugs. The recall affects certain batches of Jext 150mcg (Junior) Solution for Injection and Jext 300mcg Solution for Injection both in pre-filled pens. Manufacturer ALK-Abello estimates that the difficulty applies to an average of one in every 2,500 pens per batch. The IMB says it has been working with ALK-Abello to procure replacement stock. Full details of the affected batch numbers are listed on the IMB website at www.imb.ie
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