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The Department of Health and Social Care has published detailed guidance for anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who cannot cope without their support during the coronavirus outbreak. The guidance builds on the previous guidance for households on staying at home with possible coronavirus and the guidance on social distancing. Carers are advised to create an emergency plan with the person they care for, to use in circumstances where help from other people to deliver care may be needed. If carers cannot organise alternative care, they are advised to contact their local authority or health care provider. It may also be helpful for carers to contact their local carers support organisation.


For further guidance and support, Carers FIRST have a range of information available as well as a Carers Guidance document.


It is advised that the use of PPE is used during this phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are an unpaid carer you should ensure you wear the correct PPE for the situation in which you are providing care.


Face coverings and face masks are needed in healthcare settings to comply with infection, prevention, control (IPC) guidance. This includes hospitals and primary or community care settings, such as GP surgeries. They should also be worn by everyone accessing or visiting care homes. This also includes carers and unpaid carers who visit the households of the people they care for.


Guidance on wearing face coverings can be found in the Government’s guidance on face coverings


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