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Coronavirus Introduction

 

"Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans ... Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people." (PDF & Link)

 

American Centre for isease Control and Prevention (CDC) re: animal transmission (11DEC20)

 

NB: "Coronaviruses are a group of viruses known for causing the common cold. They have a halo or crown-like (corona) appearance when viewed under an electron microscope. The common cold is a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract. The most commonly implicated virus is a rhinovirus (30–80%), a type of picornavirus with 99 known serotypes. Other commonly implicated viruses include human coronaviruses (≈ 15%), influenza viruses (10–15%), adenoviruses (5%), human respiratory syncytial virus (orthopneumovirus), enteroviruses other than rhinoviruses, human parainfluenza viruses, and human metapneumovirus. Frequently more than one virus is present. In total, more than 200 viral types are associated with colds" (PDF)

 

"Coronaviruses are a group of related RNA viruses that cause diseases in mammals and birds. In humans and birds, they cause respiratory tract infections that can range from mild to lethal. Mild illnesses in humans include some cases of the common cold (which is also caused by other viruses, predominantly rhinoviruses), while more lethal varieties can cause SARSMERS, and COVID-19. In cows and pigs they cause diarrhea, while in mice they cause hepatitis and encephalomyelitis."  (PDF)

 

Published 08 April 2020

 

he following is some information on the Coronavirus (COVID19):

There is continued confusion over how the 'law' is to be interpreted, implemented and enforced, see Government Legislation, with social distancing gatherings and street parties continuing.

 

19 MAR 20: Finally, some businesses are opening early for elderly customers only e.g. "... some ... stores will open an hour earlier to allow the elderly to shop when it is quieter and to get first dibs on essentials amid the coronavirus outbreak" and others offering to "... open to the elderly and vulnerable the first hour of trading ... but will open for an hour longer so other shoppers do not miss out."

 

19 MAR 20: There may be some buying restrictions E.g. to "... stop shoppers buying more than three of any particular food item" and some online food delivery services may be suspended e.g. "This temporary closure will allow [companies] to complete essential work that will help to make sure distribution of products and delivery slots is as fair and accessible as possible for all ... customers

 

 

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Beware of COVID Scams

 

The police has notified Bleadon residents via its Neighbourhood Watch project of a number of COVID19 related scams.

 

 

 Published 06 April 2020

 

 

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COVID-19 Support Groups

(Link to Bleadon specific help group)

(Link to Volunteering)

BOB has included information on local, district and national support groups as, depending on your personal desire or need, you may choose to access services other than those solely provided by your local group, e.g. for personal privacy reasons, additional services, etc. This page also offers information to people who are not residents of Bleadon and who want help for their relatives and or friends.

 

After careful consideration you may decide to volunteer to assist in your local communities, if so, please also review the approach taken by WSM Coronavirus Response Group on facebook (or see their website) with regards to your own and vulnerable people's health, safety, well-being, confidentiality and data protection issues, e.g."In order to safeguard both the vulnerable and volunteers unfortunately at this time we are only able to accept volunteers who are in possession of an in date DBS certificate and who are aged under 70 and have no underlying health condition that would mean you should be staying at home. Access to a vehicle is helpful If you are able to volunteer then please email your name, address, mobile number and a scan of your DBS to wsmresponse@outlook.com All information will be held in compliance with GDPR practices."

 

NSC COVID-19 community response groups in North Somerset, "There are lots of groups that have been set up to help support the people living in North Somerset. If you need support, or would like to help out in your area, we’ve put together a list of all the groups we know about, as well as links to the town and parish council websites where they offer support and advice to their residents." (See blog NSC COVID19 Help Initiative). Residents can choose to fill out a short three page online form (pg1, pg2 & pg3).

 

North Somerset Together and ROC Weston-super-Mare (North SomersetTogether facebook page). "... tell us if you or someone you know needs help. find a local community aid group. get the latest information for businesses. How you can help. Find out about how you can get involved in volunteering and how to donate to organisations to aid their response."

 

COVID-19 Mutual Aid UK "is a group of volunteers supporting local community groups organising mutual aid throughout the Covid-19 outbreak in the UK. We focus on providing resources and connecting people to their nearest local groups, willing volunteers and those in need."

 

North Somerset Villages Covid-19 Mutual Aid facebook group, "This is a group for those who live in North Somerset villages to help each other out over the coming weeks and months. We will be looking to help people access food, complete errands etc - particularly those who are elderly, disabled and/or immuno-compromised."

 

Bleadon Parish Council A link to BPC's coronavirus information.

 

There are now thousands of local groups across the country, please take the time to read any site disclaimers, however, unfortunately be aware that many are only accessible via facebook.

 

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BLEADON COVID19 VOLUNTEER SUPPORT GROUP

Image posted on a Facebook group 30 April 2020

 

On 18 MAR 2020 "the Rector of Bleadon Church, the President of the WI, the Chairman of the Parish Council and the owner of the Post Office Cafe met together to see how they could help Bleadon Village".

 

Shortly after they delivered a letter to residents in Bleadon Village, publicly launching their intiative, and put on BOB as soon as we were made aware, on 23 MAR 20.

 

27 Apr 2020: Below is an update from their representative, Ian Heppenstall:

  • "We hold weekly online meeting with North Somerset Council, 18 other Parishes, Citizens Advice.  We receive daily requests for Food, Prescriptions,  Hospital Requests and more, all directly through the North Somerset Council Website.
  • We also receive requests from worried relatives.
  • We have direct contact with the Food Distribution Hub at Hutton Moor for Food Parcels to those in need.
  • Our group is in contact with the seven local pharmacies. 
  • We currently have over 40 volunteers in Bleadon and the I have divided the Village and Hill into separate areas with groups of people responsible for their areas.
  • We have our own Bank Account with an initial sum of £2,000 loaned from a local trust. This enables our members to shop for people without the need to exchange cash or cheques."
  • The group is currently considering a web presence to:
  • 1.  Inform local people of what we as a group are doing, 
  • 2.  Request more help from local people  as the situation continues
  • 3. To notify local vulnerable people as to how we can help and to give them access to all the other bodies which can help such as Citizens Advice,  Food Bank, Financial Aid, etc
  • 4. For relatives of the 60+ people we have already identified and those who still may not be known to have a contact for them at any time."

The group is planning another mail drop in the near future to update people, but is waiting until a Government announcement, which must occur by legislation by 7th May at the latest, as the need for any further restrictions must be reviewed by the government at least once every 21 days. (UPDATE 16 MAY 20 Leaflet posted to Village resident)

 

30 APR 20: Ian posts on a Facebook group an image entitled, 'Help for the Vulnerable'.

 

LINK TO OTHER LOCAL, DISTRICT & NATIONAL SUPPORT SERVICES.

 

NORTH SOMERSET COUNCIL

  Published 25 March 2020

 

27 APR 20: NSC COVID19 Help Initiative - "Do you need help with shopping, fetching prescriptions or just having a friendly chat?" Then North Somerset Council and their partners may be able to assist.

 

 

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Volunteering

  

After careful consideration you may decide to volunteer to assist in your local communities, if so, please also review the approach taken by WSM Coronavirus Response Group on facebook (or see their website) with regards to your own and vulnerable people's health, safety, well-being, confidentiality and data protection issues, e.g."In order to safeguard both the vulnerable and volunteers unfortunately at this time we are only able to accept volunteers who are in possession of an in date DBS certificate and who are aged under 70 and have no underlying health condition that would mean you should be staying at home. Access to a vehicle is helpful If you are able to volunteer then please email your name, address, mobile number and a scan of your DBS to wsmresponse@outlook.com All information will be held in compliance with GDPR practices."

 

28 MAR 20: Ian posted an image on a facebook group: Would you like to volunteer for Bleadon's COVID support group?

 

23 MAR 20 & 03 APR 20: Would you like to volunteer for Bleadon's support group?

 

19 MAR 20: Can you volunteer to help NHS?

 

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News

 

COVID-19 Animation: What Happens If You Get Coronavirus?

 

Published 28 March 2020

 

NEWS (WITH COVID)

 

Media interest from BBCITVSkyUK Column/Archive)FoxRTAl Jezeera, and others.

 

Achieving behaviour change A guide for local government and partners (2019)

(p27) "Nudges are interventions that lead people to do things without it being obvious to them that their behaviour is being shaped. As such they can involve relatively small environmental restructuring or subtle use of language in persuasion." (p27) 

(p6) "Local government and partners such as the NHS, emergency services, and third sector often need to achieve changes in the behaviour of those living or working in a local place in order to meet their goals: for example, improving health, reducing air pollution, household waste and energy usage, and regenerating high streets. This guide provides a structured approach to achieving behaviour change." 

UK Cabinet Office Discussion Document - MINDSPACE – not a statement of government policy. Including use of the media e.g.: ""Influencing behaviour is central to public policy. Recently, there have been major advances in understanding the influences on our behaviours, and government needs to take notice of them. This report aims to make that happen."Full report of the UK government review of behavioural theory for public policy making, including an introduction to the now well-established behaviour change framework. This resource is from Cabinet Office and Institute for Government."

(p4) FOREWARD - "Influencing people‟s behaviour is nothing new to Government, which has often used tools such as legislation, regulation or taxation to achieve desired policy outcomes. But many of the biggest policy challenges we are now facing – such as the increase in people with chronic health conditions – will only be resolved if we are successful in persuading people to change their behaviour, their lifestyles or their existing habits. Fortunately, over the last decade, our understanding of influences on behaviour has increased significantly and this points the way to new approaches and new solutions."

(p7) EXECUTIVE SUMMARY - For policy-makers facing policy challenges such as crime, obesity, or environmental sustainability, behavioural approaches offer a potentially powerful new set of tools. Applying these tools can lead to low cost, low pain ways of “nudging” citizens - or ourselves - into new ways of acting by going with the grain of how we think and act. This is an important idea at any time, but is especially relevant in a period of fiscal constraint." 

Behavioural Insights Toolkit - Social Research and Evaluation Division, Department for Transport (2011)

(p1) "Do you need to review existing approaches to see if they could be better delivered using behavioural insights, including ‘Nudges’? Are you looking for alternative options to using regulation?"

(p3) "In many cases their real value lies in helping to find better ways of designing and delivering existing approaches, such as infrastructure changes, legislation, financial incentives and information provision, through the inclusion of relatively small-scale measures or ‘Nudges’ to make these approaches more effective." - E.g. COVID19 Lockup, Neighbourhood Development Plans, etc.  

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