Jon Snow shares update from 14-day coronavirus self-isolation03/04/2020
Jon Snow has given us all an update on his self-isoation amid coronavirus fears.
The Channel 4 presenter shut himself away from the world last week after returning from Iran, where the Covid-19 virus has spread.
While not showing any symptoms of having the disease, he still decided a 14-day self-isolation at his North London home was necessary.
Still, eight days in, he’s admitted it’s all very boring (but he knew that was going to happen).
‘EIGHT days in ‘self isolation’, a tad boring! SIX days to go!’ Jon wrote on Twitter overnight. ‘The sad reality is that when I come out I will be no more resistant to Coronavirus than I went into this!’
He added: ‘Anyway so far no symptoms and no one thinks I will develop any.’
Well that’s good!
Jon has been keeping us all up to date with his self-isolation progress on social media, seeing as he’s not allowed to leave the house.
Saying he was ‘feeling good if a little isolated’ earlier this week, however he was also optimistic he might finally finish writing his book, while he also delighted followers by letting them know he’d hung all his ties up.
Oh the chores that can be done when you’re stuck inside for two weeks.
Last Tuesday he dialled into the network to let everyone know he was doing ok.
‘I’m in self-isolation as a result of having been to Iran for the past four or five days and I’m therefore not really supposed to congregate with crowds or go anywhere where there may be people,’ he said. ‘So that means I’m sitting at home. For two weeks.’
He continued: ‘I woke up this morning feeling rather tired, but that was from the trip. But we weren’t actually anywhere near where the main virus outbreak has occurred.’
While some may relish two weeks to catch up on their chores around the house, online shop and binge Blind Love, Jon said the enormity of two weeks in self-isolation hadn’t yet hit him.
‘I’m not very good with my own company…therefore it will be very, very strange,’ he said. ‘Maybe if you call me again in 14 days you’ll find a head case on your hands.’
Seems that boredom and cabin fever (a fever that isn’t dangerous…) has well and truly hit.
Despite his lack of symptoms, Jon is following government guidance for those recently returned from areas with high numbers of coronavirus infections.
UK government’s coronavirus action plan
Boris Johnson has revealed the government’s battle plan to tackle coronavirus in the UK.
The key points from the announcement, made on 3 March, .are:
– If police lose ‘significant staff’ numbers to illness, they would ‘concentrate ‘on responding to serious crimes and maintaining public order’.
– In a ‘stretching scenario’, it is possible that up to one fifth of employees may be absent from work during peak weeks.
– Everyone will face increased pressures at work, as well as potentially their own illness and caring responsibilities. Supporting staff welfare ‘will be critical’ for businesses.
– The UK has stockpiles of medicines for the NHS, plus protective clothing and equipment for medical staff.
– The public can help delay the spread of the virus by washing hands with soap regularly, not spreading misinformation and relying on trusted sources. They should also ensure family vaccines are up to date and check on family, friends and neighbours. They should also check Foreign Office advice before travelling abroad and be understanding of the pressures the health service is under.
– The public will be asked to accept that ‘the advice for managing Covid-19 for most people will be self-isolation at home and simple over the counter medicines’.
– If coronavirus becomes established, there will be a focus on essential services and helping those ‘most at risk to access the right treatment’.
– During the mitigation phase, when the virus is much more widespread, ‘pressures on services and wider society may become significant and clearly noticeable’.
– The Ministry of Defence will provide support as needed, including to essential services.
– There will be increased Government communication with Parliament, the public and the media if the virus becomes more widespread.
– All Government departments to have a lead person for coronavirus.
– If the virus takes hold, social distancing strategies could include school closures, encouraging greater home working, reducing the number of large scale gatherings and closing other educational settings.
– It is possible that an outbreak or pandemic of Covid-19 could come in multiple waves.
– Non-urgent operations and other procedures could be cancelled, and hospital discharges monitored to free-up beds, with appropriate care in people’s homes.
– Hospital worker shifts could be altered and leavers or retirees called ‘back to duty’.
– Measures exist to help businesses with short-term cash flow problems.
– There is a distribution strategy for sending out key medicines and equipment to NHS and social care.
– This strain of coronavirus is new and people have a lack of immunity to it, meaning ‘Covid-19 has the potential to spread extensively’.
– Everyone is susceptible to catching the disease and thus it is ‘more likely than not that the UK will be significantly affected’.
– There could be an ‘increase in deaths arising from the outbreak, particularly among vulnerable and elderly groups’.
– While most people will suffer mild to moderate symptoms, similar to seasonal flu, some will need hospital care due to pneumonia developing.
– Young children can become infected and ‘suffer severe illness’, but overall the illness is less common in the under-20s.
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