Protecting Personal and Community Safety

INTRODUCTION

We are really lucky on Mull to have Steve Douglas as part of the Mull Crisis Management team.  Steve has  over 35 years of  background in confidential medical research including epidemiology (the tracking of disease in populations). He has spoken with The Medical lead who covers Mull and Oban and discussed the seriousness of the situation. There is no COVID testing available yet, but we may still take action to moderate the current risk if we act now as a community.

Please start following Steve’s recommendations below

IT IS LIFE SAVING TO STOP OR SLOW THE SPREAD OF THE COVID VIRUS

STATUS

We are all relieved that travel to and from the island is now limited. However this does not remove the risk of infection and COVID will spread unless we keep very tight control.  One case only would spread rapidly if not immediately contained.

In order to further increase personal and community safety we are strongly recommending a self-referral scheme on the island.  Any cold or ‘flu symptoms would qualify for referral especially:

  • A New or persistent cough
  • Temperature above 38.5 C
  • ‘flu like symptoms
  • If in doubt , report

This will allow:

  1. The tracking of potential cases of COVID
  2. Immediate advice on actions to take i.e. self-isolation
  3. The implementation of support for those in self-isolation e.g.
    1. Medical advice
    2. Delivery of medication
    3. Delivery of food
  4. The tracking of contacts, follow up and advice to those contacts regarding self-isolation.

EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES

Normally a system like this would come under data protection but we have been advised by the authorities that in life and death circumstances not to consider this. Although referrals are voluntary all data will be kept confidential.

SUMMARY

If we all use this system of tracking and advice we will play our part in keeping ourselves, our families and our community much safer during the forthcoming months. It will help save lives.

If we all play our part then we all protect each other.

BE A COVID STOPPER, BE A HERO