COVID-19 Support and Information
For the most up to date information about the current Covid19 guidelines please use this link to take you to the Government website.
For some sources of support specifically for you in your role as a carer please use this link to Carers UK website where they have put together a number of resources and information that might be useful at this time.
UPDATE Friday 17th December 2021
Government today (Friday 17.12.2021) has taken steps to ensure that unpaid carers can use a specific letter to identify themselves to gain priority for the booster jabs for COVID-19 along with paid care workers, if there are long queues.
Since the plans for COVID-19 boosters have been speeded up, Carers UK became worried about unpaid carers who cannot leave the person they care for alone for very long, or cannot stand in queues with the person they care for because they may become upset, agitated or exhausted.
This was raised urgently with the Government in England and the vaccination leads about how to ensure that unpaid carers get quick access to the COVID-19 booster jab. The Government has listened and carers can now use a letter to prove that they are an unpaid carer to get priority access in queues.
You can access this letter using this link: https://carersuk-news.org/74C-7O3O1-AFAW96-4NS5ZT-1/c.aspx
How carers can use the letter:
Carers should print this out and take this with them, or save it onto a device that they have with them.
What is Long Covid?
From hair loss to 'Covid toes', Long Covid can affect any part of the body. People of all ages and previous levels of health and fitness are at risk of experiencing its life-changing effects - including children and adolescents.
It is not yet understood why some people are affected severely while others are asymptomatic, but the UK’s Office of National Statistics estimates that 10% of people who test positive for Covid-19 experience symptoms for 12 weeks or longer.
Long Covid can be difficult to diagnose, and some people might not realise their symptoms could be linked to prior Covid-19 infection.
There can be more than 200 symptoms
Symptoms can affect anywhere in the body
Symptoms can come and go, and new ones can appear weeks or months later
People may not be aware they had Covid-19: some don’t have symptoms at the time of infection, and test results can be unreliable
There are NHS services in Essex to support you if you are experiencing the symptoms of Long Covid which can be accessed through your GP.
Finally, please do not hesitate to get in touch if you are a Carer and want to talk to one of our team here at Essex Carers Support.
Further Sources of information:
NOTE: Information regarding Coronavirus Covid-19 is changing all the time – please check for updates on websites.