- Masks, masks, and masks: local suppliers and guidance, questions and communication – new posts and offers keep coming in so do join the FB group for the latest https://www.facebook.com/groups/stroudcorona/permalink/308551606999267/
- We also shared guidance from the World Health Organization about how to wear a fabric mask.
- A4 ‘ Please Wear A Mask’ posters are available from SCCR for shops, cafes, shared spaces – free – if you would like one let us know. If you can distribute a few to village or out of town places also do get in touch. You can also print your own along with other signage from https://neighbournetworks.uk/resources/leaflets/
- As the school year ended giving a break to everyone involved in educating children from home or in school, we also shared a big THANKS to Parents, Carers & Teachers – and everyone involved in taking care of children’s wellbeing and learning during the pandemic.
- The Minor Injury and Illness Unit (MIIU) at Stroud Hospital is open 8am – 6pm daily (slightly reduced hours) – but the MIIU at the Vale and others in the county will remain closed until September – full details here
- Analysis of data from the COVID Symptom Study app, led by researchers from King’s College London and the health technology company ZOE, reveals that there are six distinct ‘types’ of COVID-19, each distinguished by a particular cluster of symptoms.
- Also from the COVID symptoms app, James Bee shared that “Data from the COVID Symptom Study shows that characteristic skin rashes and ‘COVID fingers and toes’ should be considered as key diagnostic signs of the disease, and can occur in the absence of any other symptoms.” This piece from the Covid symptom study explains in full: https://covid.joinzoe.com/post/skin-rash-covid
- Lynne Cain shared a post appealing for care disposing of masks, which are injuring wildlife if not disposed of safely.
- Sarah Dixon shared this guideline on Covid safety – Avoid the three Cs. “We can do lots of things but need to find ways to do them outside, spaced out and/or with good ventilation…” – as well as a post with updates for those of us who are shielding
- James Bee shared ‘Debunked:the conspiracy theory claiming there has been no pandemic’ As well as covering the story, this article debunks the specific claims, specifically the false accusation “that death certificates have been fraudulently recorded as Covid-19”
Summary of key local, national and international news
We are now providing our main summary of local, national and international statistical data on a weekly basis rather than daily
- Gloucestershire swimming pools reopen with new guidelines, including pre booked sessions and limits on numbers
- Children who have missed their immunisations in lockdown are being offered a catch-up service in the county
- Full WHO statistics for the outbreak are at https://covid19.who.int/
- For a full international roundup, see the Reuters Coronavirus page, or The Guardian’s “summary of the biggest developments in the global coronavirus outbreak”. For updates on confirmed cases, and deaths, we recommend the Financial Times’ “Coronavirus tracked: the latest figures as countries fight to contain the pandemic” webpage – which is updated daily.
Please remember we have a (growing) list of resources to support your emotional and mental health during this time on our website. The following numbers may be useful:
- Samaritans: 116 123
- Domestic Violence Hotline: 0808 2000 247
- Mind: 0300 123 3393
- Age UK: 0800 169 6565
- Childline: 0800 1111.
- NHS 111
Thanks to everyone who helped create this update through our Facebook group. If you submit posts, we will often decline posting them to the discussion directly and instead hold them till the single daily summary – to try to reduce the number of posts in the feed and make it easier for people to follow the information. Please continue to submit posts to admins for this purpose with the appropriate flag: one of REQUEST / OFFER / UPDATE / QUESTION / COMMENTARY.
- We now have 4,377 members. We’ve shared 161 posts in the last month. Please invite your friends to grow this community. And please do introduce yourself and let us know anything you’d like to see in the group related to coronavirus and how we can work together to get through the pandemic and its impacts.
- Please take a look at the Group Purpose and Guidelines if you haven’t read them recently.