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Face Masks

The Government have issued guidance around wearing masks in public - the guidance can be found here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers#face-coverings

We are aware that some patients might be understandably anxious about this advice.  GP's are unfortunately not in a position to provide individual risk assessments of letters for patients who feel that they should be exempt from wearing a face mask.

The government guidance on exemption suggests there is no requirement for evidence for exemption, therefore it is sufficient for an individual to self-declare this.

If however, you would prefer a print out, please visit https://www.civicmc.nhs.uk/files/2020/06/Face-Covering-Exemption-Cards.pdf and print off the appropriate card.

Ibuprofen and other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) - COVID-19

There has been some concern expressed at high levels that ibuprofen and other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) may worsen the symptoms of respiratory illness referring to a study in the BMJ in 2013.

The government's chief scientific advisor (CSA) has proposed that it would be "sensible" to take paracetamol rather than ibuprofen for potential covid-19 infection.

There is no definitive proof that ibuprofen and other NSAID's will adversely affect an individual's response to covid-19 and at this stage we would not encourage patients currently taking thses medications, to stop them.  However, if you have a fever, we would agree that it is a good idea to use Paracetamol in preference as suggested by the CSA.

Key-Worker

the Governement have now issued guidance on who is a Key worker - please follow this link.  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

Self-isolation Certificate

please follow this link to the NHS 111 site and download your self-isolation note from here. https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/ 

Guidance on Social Distancing - Conditions

For guidance on social distancing and the people being advised to follow this guidance, please follow this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

Asthma

for information relating to Asthma, especially regarding the Coronavirus, Covid-19, please follow this link for the latest guidance https://www.asthma.org.uk 

Blood Pressure Medication

We are being asked if you should continue taking your blood pressure medication - there has been some debate that some medications prescribed to treat high blood pressure may increase risk in relation to Covid-19, however, there is no current evidence to support this.

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