PSA: Coronavirus

South Scotland MSP, Michelle Ballantyne, has urged all constituents to note NHS Scotland’s guidance on the Coronavirus.

The virus, otherwise known as COVID-19 is expected to spread in Scotland as the First Minister stressed that Scotland should prepare for a “significant outbreak” after the first case was reported in Scotland.

NHS Scotland’s guidelines on how to avoid spreading the virus include:

  • avoiding direct hand contact with your eyes, nose and mouth
  • maintaining good hand hygiene - washing hands with soap and water or alcohol hand sanitiser:
    • after coughing or sneezing
    • after going to the toilet
    • before eating and drinking
  • avoiding direct contact with people that have a respiratory illness and avoiding using their personal items such as their mobile phone
  • covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with disposable tissues and disposing of them in the nearest waste bin after use

If you do not have symptoms and are looking for general information, a free helpline has been set up on: 0800 028 2816.

The helpline is open:

  • Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 10.00pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, 9.00am to 5.00pm

Michelle Ballantyne MSP commented:

“During this challenging time I’d first like to thank our NHS staff who have been working hard to contain the spread.

“Right now, it’s extremely important that we don’t panic and listen to NHS Scotland’s advice on what action we can take to stay safe and stop the Coronavirus from spreading.

“Keeping good hand hygiene is invaluable, so please ensure that we all take care to wash our hands frequently.

“There is now a helpline in place to answer any questions people may have. Please contact: 0800 028 2816 for further information.”