How to find reliable information about CV19
It’s best that you stick to trusted sources of information about the virus, symptoms, treatment, how to stay safe and what you should do if you have symptoms. There is lots of misinformation out there, some of it well-meaning but inaccurate and some of it alarming. Don’t believe everything you read or see!
Trusted sources might include the NHS, UK Government, and other public authorities such as local councils, the Police, and the World Health Organisation (WHO) for international perspective. Links to some of these can be found below:
- NHS: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
- UK Government: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
- Derbyshire County Council: https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/coronavirus
- Derbyshire Police: https://www.derbyshire.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/c19/coronavirus-covid-19/
- Joined Up Care Derbyshire: https://joinedupcarederbyshire.co.uk/public-info-covid-19
- WHO: https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus
Finances and Employment
- Derbyshire Welfare Rights Service have produced a document on benefits, work, self-employment and the coronavirus: https://strongersouthderbyshire.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/benefits-work-self-employment-coronavirus.docx
- The Stop Loan Sharks helpline service remains open and fully operational during the COVID-19 pandemic. They encourage not only victims but friends, family members and the wider community to come forward if they suspect someone is suffering at the hands of loan sharks during this difficult time: https://www.stoploansharks.co.uk/. Their partners – Citizens Advice, Money Advice Service and Stepchange also have information available to help people whose finances have been affected by the current situation.
Gas and Electric
- MoneySavingExpert.com has produced some information for people on prepayment meters about what to do if you need to self-isolate and are unable to top up, including information and contact details for specific energy suppliers: https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/2020/03/energy-firms-move-to-help-customers-unable-to-top-up-due-to-coro/.
- Doctors of the World have translated the latest NHS coronavirus guidelines into various different languages: https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/coronavirus-information/
People with animals
- Blue Cross: Caring for pets during CV19 – Advice from the Blue Cross on a whole range of pet care issues, including dog walking and social distancing, caring for pets while self isolating, accessing veterinary treatment, and ways of keeping pets entertained: https://www.bluecross.org.uk/pet-advice/coronavirus
- Canine and Feline Sector Group (CFSG) – Guidance for owners on how to look after their pets during the current COVID-19 crisis, including social distancing, if you are self isolating and walking someone else’s dog: http://www.cfsg.org.uk/coronavirus/.
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for people with animals – UK Government advice for pet owners and livestock keepers on maintaining the welfare of their animals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-people-with-animals
- Derbyshire Police produce regular Cyber and Fraud Information Sheets. Rural Action Derbyshire have helpfully compiled them on their website: https://www.ruralactionderbyshire.org.uk/cyber-security-updates.
- Rural Action Derbyshire and the ACRE Network (Action with Communities in Rural England) are working to support village halls during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information visit: https://www.ruralactionderbyshire.org.uk/coronavirus-and-village-halls-230420.
South Derbyshire CVS is registered in England & Wales as a charity (number 1101450), and a company limited by guarantee (number 4958843). Registered office: 46-48 Grove Street, Swadlincote, DE11 9DD. Our website is https://sdcvs.org.uk/.