Somerset Coronavirus Support Helpline
We now have a single phone number 0300 790 6275 for anyone in Somerset who needs Coronavirus-related support from their councils. The Somerset Coronavirus Support Helpline number is live and will make it easier for people to access any local authority help they may need, including emotional support, in the current crisis. For more information, please visit here.
The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often. Soap and water and regular handwashing for at least 20 seconds is the best way of staying safe. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.
A video on hand washing can be found at:
Closure of South Petherton C of E Infants and Pre-School
It was with the greatest sadness that we had to close our wonderful School and Pre-School at 3.15pm Friday 20th March 2020. These are unprecedented times and we must all follow Government advice to stop the spread of Covid-19. It is absolutely critical that we take this very seriously.
Please find information regarding some questions you might have:
Social distancing puts space between people. When people who are infected with the virus stay away from others, they can't pass it to anyone else. This way, fewer people get sick at the same time. Then, doctors and hospitals are better able to keep up with treating those who need care.
Social distancing can be done in different ways, depending on how many people in the community are sick. Social distancing methods include:
closing schools, restaurants, shops, movie theaters, and other places where people gather
not getting together in person with friends or relatives
not going to shops unless it is absolutely necessary
working from home
not taking public transportation
While the coronavirus is still spreading, we must take the Government advice seriously.
Keep your family home and away from others. Don't have friends and extended family over, and don't go to their homes. People who look healthy still can be infected and can spread the virus. That's why it's important to stay away from everyone, even if they don't seem sick.
If you have to go out, make sure you are at least 6 feet (2 meters) away from other people. Viruses can spread when someone sneezes or coughs out tiny droplets. These droplets don't usually travel more than 6 feet before falling to the ground.
If you're caring for someone who is sick, take all recommended precautions. It's important to keep that person away from others.
With the coronavirus, most children don't seem to get as sick as adults. But infected children can still spread the virus to people who could become seriously ill. Closing schools protects everyone in a community.
Quite simply 'No'. Being away from friends, extended family, and social activities can be hard families and children. To help them stay connected, you might set up FaceTime or Skype to remain connected. You also can plan family activities that promote physical activity e.g. a work out video on youtube and even get out for a walk in the fresh air - but remember to keep your distance from others.
Do not let people come into your home unless it is absolutely necessary. If this does have to happen, make sure that everyone washes their hands when they arrive and leave. Also, clean surfaces that get touched a lot (like doorknobs) before and after visits.
The official phrase is "social distancing," but it can help to think of it as "physical distancing" instead. We can still be social, just in different ways. Take advantage of social media and video apps to support each other, laugh together, and take care of each other until the virus is under control.
We all have a responsibility to take this guidance seriously - please help us all to stop the spread of Covid-19 and save lives.
Further websites that may be of support with the COVID-19 pandemic.