COVID-19: guidance for Public
Keighley Town Council is open for business and continues to deliver all its functions and
services.
Keighley Town Council is regularly receiving updates from Public Health England and the NHS.
Public Health England are well-prepared to deal with coronavirus and the priority is to safeguard
local communities, which sometimes involves taking preventative measure to help reduce the
risk of further cases.
1. Background and scope of guidance
This guidance will assist community groups in providing advice on:
the novel coronavirus, COVID-19
how to help prevent spread of all respiratory infections including COVID-19
what to do if someone with suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 has been in the
community setting
what advice to give to individuals who have travelled to specific areas, as outlined by the
Chief Medical Officer (full list is available here)
advice for the certification of absence from work resulting from COVID-19
2. Information about the virus
A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world.
COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in January 2020.
The incubation period of COVID-19 is between 2 to 14 days. This means that if a person remains
well 14 days after contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus, they have not been
infected.
3. Signs and symptoms of COVID-19
The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has
COVID-19 infection:
cough
difficulty in breathing
fever
Generally, these infections can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune
systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic
lung disease.
4. How COVID-19 is spread
From what we know about other coronaviruses, spread of COVID-19 is most likely to happen
when there is close contact (within 2 metres or less) with an infected person. It is likely that the
risk increases the longer someone has close contact with an infected person.
Respiratory secretions produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes containing the
virus are most likely to be the main means of transmission.
There are 2 main routes by which people can spread COVID-19:
infection can be spread to people who are nearby (within 2 metres) or possibly could be
inhaled into the lungs.
it is also possible that someone may become infected by touching a surface, object or the
hand of an infected person that has been contaminated with respiratory secretions and
then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes (such as touching door knob or shaking
hands then touching own face)
There is currently little evidence that people who are without symptoms are infectious to others.
5. Preventing spread of infection
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid
being exposed to the virus.
Public Health England (PHE) recommends that the following general cold and flu precautions are
taken to help prevent people from catching and spreading COVID-19:
cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you
cough or sneeze. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
put used tissues in the bin straight away
wash your hands with soap and water often - use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water
are not available. See hand washing guidance
try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
If you are worried about symptoms, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other
healthcare environment.
Face masks for the general public are not recommended to protect from infection, as there is no
evidence of benefit from their use outside healthcare environments.
Those currently most at risk are travellers from affected countries. Recent travellers from high
risk countries should self-isolate, even if they feel well and have not got any symptoms, and call
NHS 111 to inform of recent travel. They should go home or to their destination and then self
isolate. Please see chart below for countries affected.
As more cases are confirmed in the UK, it will be announced by the Chief Medical Officer of
the affected country.
Useful Links & Info:
For more information and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Public Health England: https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-
coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/
NHS https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Videos with advice to prepare and stay healthy:
What can people do to protect themselves and others from getting the new coronavirus:
https://youtu.be/bPITHEiFWLc
Effective hand washing by the food standard agency
https://youtu.be/VyIx2K2vhKI
Anyone who has returned from any of these countries within the last fourteen days should follow
the actions below: (information correct at time of publish)
Anyone who has returned from any of these countries within the last fourteen days should follow
the actions below: (information orrect at time of publish)
Exclusion from
Anyone who has had the following
work until 14 days
Criteria
Key Actions
exposure
after last
exposure
Travelled to Wuhan city Hubei
province, Iran, Daegu or Cheongdo
(Republic of Korea), Any Italian town
Self-isolate at home and
1
Yes
containment measures
ring NHS 111
Contact with a known case of novel
Self-isolate at home and
2
Yes
coronavirus (COVID-19)
ring NHS 111
If you have returned to the
UK from any of these areas
in the last 14 days and
Travelled to Cambodia, China, Hong
develop symptoms:
Kong, Italy, Japan, Laos, Macau,
3
No
Malaysia, Myanmar, Republic of Korea,
·
Self-isolate
Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam.
Ring NHS 111 for advice
and inform them of your
recent travel
Joe Cooney
Town Clerk
Keighley Town Council
Civic Centre
North Street
Keighley
BD21 3RZ