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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Mothers’ Union

The love and prayers of Worldwide President, Sheran Harper, Worldwide Board Members and staff go out to all who are combatting, or preparing to combat, the COVID-19 virus across the globe.

 

18 Mar 2020
 
 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Mothers' Union


Mothers’ Union takes the safety and wellbeing of our members, volunteers and staff extremely seriously, and all are encouraged to follow the guidance of their government and local Church in deciding how to respond. The WHO is also a valuable source of information: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
 

Information for Mothers’ Union in Britain and Ireland


We continue to monitor the situation around COVID-19 closely and are following Government advice (UK).
Guidance in the Republic of Ireland is available at: https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/c36c85-covid-19-coronavirus
 

Government Advice in the UK as at 18/3/20

 
The advice for anyone in any setting is to follow these main guidelines.
 
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or high temperature. If you have these symptoms, however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started. You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to.

At the current time and based on our understanding of what is known of COVID-19 and other similar respiratory viruses, it is likely that older people and those with chronic medical conditions may be vulnerable to severe disease. As more information emerges, recommendations may change.

To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel.

Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.
 

In addition, ALL individuals should follow good hygiene practices including:


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.
Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.


Some groups are more at risk than others from COVID-19, these include those:

 
  • 60 years of age and over.
  • That have a long-term medical condition – for example, heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, cancer or high blood pressure.
  • That are having cancer treatment.
  • Those that are having treatment for autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis (MS) and inflammatory bowel diseases.
  • Those with HIV.
  • Those that have had an organ transplant or a bone-marrow transplant.
 

Mothers’ Union Meetings

 
In light of the recent advice from the Church of England and Government, we recommend that all meetings are cancelled or postponed for the coming weeks.
We will review and update the guidance on this page as needed. However, all guidance will continue to reflect appropriate Public Health and Government advice.
 

For centrally planned events, the following guidance has been placed on the website area for each event:

 
Thy Kingdom Come, 22nd May 2020, Coventry

Currently, this event is still planned to go ahead.
If you have not yet booked your travel for this event then we advise you to wait until we issue a further update. If you are keen to book your travel at this time, then we advise you to book the cheapest flexible/cancellable travel you can. If you have already booked your travel, you should not do anything at the moment.
We will continue to monitor the current situation and will update this advice again or before the start of April 2020.
 
Growing in Hope and Confidence – Together, 15th – 19th June 2020, High Leigh Conference Centre

Currently, this event is still planned to go ahead.
If you have not yet booked your travel for this event then we advise you wait until we issue a further update. If you are keen to book your travel at this time, then we advise you book the cheapest flexible/cancellable option possible. If you have already booked your travel, you should not do anything at this time.
We will continue to monitor the current situation and will update this advice again or before the start of April 2020.
 
Annual Gathering, 25th – 26th September, 2020, Belfast

Currently this event is still planned to go ahead.
We strongly advise that you wait to book travel at this time. If you are keen to book travel at this time, then you should book the cheapest flexible or refundable option possible. If you have already booked your travel, you should not do anything at this time.
We will continue to monitor the current situation and will update this advice again on or before the start of April 2020.