Mon 13 Jul 2020 20:05

As we start to come out of lockdown, we want to make sure everyone is keeping safe.  We’ve all become accustom to what we needed to do during lockdown, but as we start to go out more and more often now, the guidelines can feel a little blurry at times. So here’s a quick rundown on what we’re hoping you’re doing to protect yourselves, so that we can all meet up again sooner.

Protect your physical health

Who can you see?

  • Two households of any size can now meet inside in England.
  • You can meet different households at different times and overnight stays are allowed.
  • No more than two households should meet at any one time
  • Don't see anyone if you have any coronavirus symptoms or if they have!

Who do I social distance with and how?

  • Everyone that you don’t live with or isn’t part of your social support bubble (i.e. one single other household)
  • You should ideally stay 2m (6ft) apart, but if that's not possible, follow the ‘1 metre plus’ guidance (i.e. use mitigation such as face coverings and not sitting face-to-face).

Should I isolate or take extra care?

  • If you have underlying health problems, are pregnant or are over 70, you are deemed as ‘clinically vulnerable’. You can go outside for exercise and meet up to 5 people whilst social distancing and also form part of a support bubble, but be careful and if you feel vulnerable, use extra mitigation steps.
  • If you have coronavirus symptoms, isolate for 14 days.

How can I reduce my risk?

  • Wear a mask in busy places and on public transport
  • Wash, dry and sanitise your hands frequently
  • Avoid standing and talking face to face
  • Limit your time inside shops and businesses
  • Avoid cash contact – using cards and apps wherever you can.

Protect your mental health

The massive changes that came with COVID-19 have taken a toll on people.  Isolation, feelings of uncertainty with business stability and furloughs, anxiety about health risks.  As lockdown rules shift, it’s normal to feel anxious – the risks are still there and although lockdown was different, it still had a level of routine that although not normal, was consistent.  Adapting our way of life yet again in a relatively short period of tie can be difficult, so the first thing to remember is that it’s okay not to be okay.

  • Limit the news and be careful what you read - Limit the amount of time you spend reading or watching things which aren't making you feel good. Stick to trusted sources of information - there’s a lot of fake news out there.
  • Eat well and stay hydrated - Your appetite can change when you change your routine. Eat regularly and keeping your blood sugar stable to help your mood and energy levels. Drinking enough water is important for your mental and physical health, so drink water regularly.
  • Stay active - Being active is not only great for physical health and fitness but can also improve your mental wellbeing by raising self-esteem and causing positive mood changing chemical changes in your brain.
  • Stay connected - Make the most of technology. Stay in touch with friends and family via phone calls, SMS, social media and video conferencing. We’re here on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram whenever you need us.
  • Stay on top of your feelings and talk if you need to - Try to focus on the things you can control, and if you feel you can’t cope, reach out for support. Contact wellbeing@dorkingrfc.com for a list of support contacts. It’s good to talk.

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With the Government guidance now firmly in place, we hope that you are all keeping safe and in good health. All RFC guidance as outlined in the update of 17th March still in place, we would like to remind you all about our recent social media post regarding tips to protect your mental health during this period of self isolation and social distancing.

  • Limit the news and be careful what you read
    Limit the amount of time you spend reading or watching things which aren't making you feel good. Stick to trusted sources of information - there’s a lot of fake news out there.

  • Eat well and stay hydrated
    Your appetite can change when you change your routine. Eat regularly and keeping your blood sugar stable to help your mood and energy levels. Drinking enough water is important for your mental and physical health, so drink water regularly.

  • Keep a routine if you can
    Routines help us to get us organised and give a sense of achievement and accomplishment. Eat and sleep regularly and if you’re working from home, set appropriate times for start and ending your day as well as regular breaks.

  • Stay active
    Being active is not only great for physical health and fitness but can also improve your mental wellbeing by raising self-esteem and causing positive mood changing chemical changes in your brain.

  • Stay connected
    Make the most of technology. Stay in touch with friends and family via phone calls, SMS, social media and video conferencing. We’re here on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram whenever you need us.

  • Stay on top of your feelings and talk if you need to
    It’s normal to feel anxious in times of uncertainty. Try to focus on the things you can control, and if you feel you can’t cope, reach out for support. Contact wellbeing@dorkingrfc.com for a list of support contacts. It’s good to talk.

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*UPDATE 17th March 2020*

In these uncertain times, everyone is seeking answers and advice on how to manage the coronavirus situation.  As you will already know, we have unfortunately had to cancel our popular Dorking Kid’s First Festival; and after the Government’s new instructions on 16th March, as well as the RFU’s announcement regarding the suspension of all rugby activity in England until 14th April, we wanted to ensure that you, our club members, are kept as up to date as possible with the current state of play.

RFU RESPONSE TO COVID-19

Following government advice, the RFU suspended all rugby activity in England, at both professional and community level from 17th March.

This includes club training, league and cup matches plus rugby education courses until 14th April subject to continued review.

The decision has been taken following government advice in the interests of players, coaches, referees, volunteers, supporters and the wider rugby union community. 

Where possible, players at all levels are encouraged to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments.

The RFU will continue to review and monitor government advice and will provide detailed updates on the impact to the season in the coming weeks.  

What this means to Dorking RFC

All planned fixtures and training, club-wide, has been suspended until 14th April, at which point we will be taking RFU guidance on the next steps.  This encompasses all teams - senior, youth and social including touch.  Festivals, pop-ups and tours have also been postponed.

With the current advice on social distancing being to avoid pubs and clubs, the bar will be closed during this time.  The gym will be accessible, however it should only be used under social distancing guidelines.  All equipment needs to be cleaned down thoroughly by users after workouts, using provided cleaning sprays and disposable cloths (which need to be thrown away immediately).

As COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to spread more and more people are likely to need to self-isolate.  This is a preventative action to protect those who are more vulnerable to the symptoms of the illness.

Everybody in the UK has been asked to take certain steps to restrict the spread of COVID-19.  This means self-isolation for suspected cases and social distancing for everyone else.  The latest government advice can be found here.

When should you self-isolate?

People should stay at home for 14 days (however mild the symptoms) if they have either:

  • A high temperature above 37.8C (100F)
  • A new continuous cough

How to self-isolate?

The NHS is asking people staying at home to:

  • Try and keep two metres (three steps) away from other people - especially older people or those with long-term health conditions
  • Make sure any room you are in is well-ventilated.
  • Ask friends and family and delivery services to deliver food and medicine - but avoid contact with them
  • Sleep alone if possible
  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds on a regular basis
  • Don’t have visitors and ask people to leave deliveries outside
  • Don’t leave the house, even just for a walk
  • Use separate facilities where possible. If sharing, these should be cleaned before use by others
  • Use separate household items like towels, bedding, toothbrushes, cups and dishes
  • Try to keep away from your pets. If you can’t avoid it, wash your hands before and after contact

Download our quick guide to the difference between self-isolating and social distancing here >> 

Treatment

There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus. Antibiotics do not help, as they do not work against viruses.  Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the illness.  You’ll need to stay in isolation, away from other people, until you have recovered.

WHEN TO CONTACT 111

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

HAND HYGIENE

Good hand washing and drying practices as recommended by the World Health Organization - with soap and water - are still the number one way to prevent infectious diseases.  Alcohol-based products are a good alternative when soap is not available, but should never replace good handwashing practices.

Download our quick guide to hand hygiene here >>

The latest government advice can be found here.

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*3rd March 2020*

Coronavirus COVID-19

With Coronavirus currently in the news, we’re keen to ensure that we follow any safety guidelines that are now being put in place by the RFU – for you as a club member, but also as rugby fans who travel to competition games.  As a fast evolving situation, things are changing on a daily basis, so we’ll try to keep you updated as much as possible.  At a recent COBRA meeting effect of Covid-19 on sport, gatherings and events was discussed and at present they are not yet treating sporting events any differently from any other large gatherings. 

Please note that the overall risk of coronavirus to the UK remains moderate, but we wanted to make you aware of a few specifics…

Signs and symptoms:

The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection:

  • cough
  • difficulty in breathing
  • fever

 Preventing spread of infection

Public Health England (PHE) recommends that the following general cold and flu precautions are taken to help prevent people from catching and spreading COVID-19:

  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
  • put used tissues in the bin straight away
  • wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

 Specific advice for teams:

  • Team members are to be reminded of the importance of good personal hygiene especially hand washing with soap and hot water.
  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch any coughs or sneezes.
  • Avoid sharing towels, shirts and bibs. Where necessary remove any shared shirts, bibs and towels for laundering, this should be done on a hot wash 60°C.
  • The use of paper hand towels is recommended.
  • If players are worried about symptoms, they should call NHS 111 for advice. Do not go in person to your club doctor, GP or other healthcare environment.

Club members who have recently returned from the listed specific areas since February 19th should call NHS 111 and self-isolate at home even if you do not have symptoms:

  • Iran
  • Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy as designated by the Government of Italy
  • Special care zones in South Korea as designated by the Government of the Republic of South Korea
  • Hubei province

If you have returned from the below listed areas since February 19th and developed symptoms, however mild, you should self-isolate at home immediately and call NHS 111. You do not need to self-isolate if you have no symptoms.

  • Northern Italy (defined by a line above, and not including, Pisa, Florence and Rimini),
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Myanmar

If you have returned from previously identified geographic areas within the past 14 days and developed symptoms, however mild, you should self-isolate at home immediately and call NHS 111.

If you believe you have been in contact with a positive tested patient for Coronavirus you should remain at home and call NHS 111.

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