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Help For The Vulnerable
In these difficult times if you need help or know someone who does, please somehow put a post on the Chittlehampton Community Facebook page, with over 400 members someone will respond to your request. Please stay safe.
Do I have COVID or a cold? How to tell the difference
Although the vaccines are doing a great job at reducing severe illness, hospitalisations and deaths, you can still catch and pass on the virus even if you’ve been vaccinated. With so much crossover of current symptoms between COVID and a cold, it can be difficult to know what is making us unwell.
Here are some tips for how to tell the difference between the viruses and when you should get tested.
How do I know if I have a cold or COVID-19?
At the beginning of the pandemic in 2020 the main distinguishing symptoms of COVID-19 were thought to be fever, cough and loss of smell (anosmia).
It is now known that there are more than 20 symptoms of COVID-19, including headache, runny nose, sneezing and sore throat. Over the past 18 months the pattern of symptoms has changed as the virus has evolved and more people have been vaccinated. Many of the symptoms of COVID-19 are now the same as a regular cold, especially for people who have received two doses of the vaccine, making it hard to tell the difference.
Take a look at the lists below to know which of the most common COVID-19 symptoms you should be looking out for, depending on whether you’ve been vaccinated or not.
Most common COVID-19 symptoms if you’re fully vaccinated:
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Loss of smell (anosmia)
Most common COVID-19 symptoms if you’re unvaccinated:
- Runny Nose
- Sore Throat
- Persistent cough
Loss of smell (anosmia) comes further down the list for unvaccinated people but it’s still an important predictor of having COVID-19 rather than a regular cold. You can check your sense of smell easily at home by sniffing scented foods or products, or noticing whether familiar foods start to lose their flavour or taste strange.
Reassuringly, even if you do catch COVID, data shows that people who are double vaccinated are less ill and get better quicker than those who haven’t yet had the vaccine. A double dose of the vaccine also makes you much less likely to get Long COVID.
What should I do if I think I might have COVID?
COVID-19 is still spreading. The only way we can bring the pandemic to an end is through vaccination and stopping the virus from spreading between people.
If you feel newly unwell, especially if you’re suffering from any of the common COVID symptoms, you should stay home and get a COVID test, even if you’ve been vaccinated. This is particularly important if you notice any changes to your sense of taste or smell.
If you test positive you should self-isolate to avoid passing on COVID-19 to those around you.
A positive result from a lateral flow test is highly likely to be true. However, a negative result from a lateral flow test is not reliable enough to be sure you’re definitely not infected, so if your symptoms persist it’s best to get a PCR test to be sure. At the moment*, you can only get an NHS PCR test if you have any of the ‘classic three’ symptoms of cough, fever and loss of smell (anosmia).
Even if you don’t have COVID, the pandemic has taught us that it’s a good idea to stay home to avoid giving your germs to others. If you have to go out, consider wearing a mask, cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow, and wash your hands regularly.
* Information current as of the 21/09/21.
The following link is to the NHS coronavirus website:https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Did you realise that you can report potholes that you find yourself? This can be done via the following Devon County Council website:
Alternatively you can just Google "Devon potholes" and follow the first suggested link.
You can then report the pothole by clicking on its location on an interactive map. There is even an opportunity to upload a photograph of the pothole to show how bad it is and help identify the one you are reporting.
However, not all potholes qualify for a repair. In order to be repaired a pothole must:
1. be over 40mm deep
2. be wider than 300mm
3. have a vertical rather than a shallow, sloping edge.
Once you have registered your pothole, DCC aim to have it investigated within 3 days. If the investigation confirms that it qualifies for repair, it will be added to their list of repair work to be undertaken.
North Devon District Council have requested that you put glass and plastic in separate containers to speed up the recycling collections as they are running on reduced staff, blue bins have now been distributed for the glass. Please comply with this request in these difficult times.
The following link is from Devon County Council (the LEA)https://www.devon.gov.uk/schools/closure/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=SocialSignIn
Businesses & Employers
The following link is from GOV.uk and is updated regularly so would need to be checked daily:
The following link gives you wording for closure of buildings and gives links to the NHS and Public Health England:https://barnstapletowncouncil.gov.uk/_webedit/uploaded-files/All%20Files/Covid%2019/Council%20Buildings.pdf
CHITTLEHAMPTON PARISH COUNCIL
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- report a concern online at https://ico.org.uk/concerns
- call 0303 123 1113
- or write to: Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.
Accessibility Statement for Chittlehampton Parish Council
22 September 2020
This Accessibility Statement is for the website http://www.chittlehamptonparishcouncil.co.uk.
It is the parish council’s desire to make information as available as is possible to anyone with:
• impaired vision
• motor difficulties
• cognitive impairments or learning disabilities
• deafness or impaired hearing
How Accessible this website is
We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible.
This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard.
Some images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information.
Other images have either alternative text or a link to a text document. When we publish new content we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.
It is our intention that all images will be fully accessible by September 2021.
Any new or replacement documents posted on our website from 31 December 2020 will be accessible.
Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations
The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services.
Any links to external content which are outside of our control are also exempt from the accessibility regulations.
The parish council has researched the costs involved in having a new, fully compliant website purchased or having its existing website professionally reviewed by one of the commercial services offering this service. The parish council currently considers that the costs involved place a disproportionate burden on the parish council’s finances when taking into account:
· the number of visitors to its website
· the number of residents in the village who would benefit from the website being made fully accessible
· the degree to which any disabled users would benefit from the website being made more compliant
· that content on the website is not specifically aimed at people who have a disability
· that the parish council will provide information in a more accessible form if requested
· the importance of prioritising and maintaining the availability of finances to meet any sudden expenditure necessary as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic
What we’re doing to improve accessibility
The parish council will work towards making its website as compliant as possible without spending a disproportionate level of public funds in achieving this.
Feedback and contact information
If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille please email:
email@example.com or telephone 07810 832863
The parish council will consider your request and get back to you in 7 working days.
Reporting accessibility problems with this website
We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact: the clerk by telephone on 07810 832863 or by email.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).
Preparation of this accessibility statement
This statement was prepared on 22 September 2020.
This website was last tested on 22 September 2020. The test was carried out by self-evaluation.
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The object of this site is to present you with as much information as possible about the Parish of Chittlehampton.
The site contains a brief history of the village, the local amenities, links to local businesses, a what's on guide and relevant reports on Parish Council Meetings.
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