The Senedd’s Llywydd Elin Jones has tested positive with coronavirus after ‘mild’ symptoms – and has told anyone with similar symptoms to self-isolate.
“I started my symptoms last Thursday evening and have been in self-isolation at home since then,” she said.
“My symptoms have been very mild – a new cough, slight tightness of the chest and fatigue. The symptoms were so slight I could easily have ignored them and persuaded myself I was of no risk to anyone.
“I’m so glad that I heeded the advice or I could have been walking around in Ceredigion and spreading the virus. The lesson from my experience is clear – even with the mildest of symptoms – self isolate. Even seek to self-isolate within your home if you can. Don’t ignore any symptoms.
“Never for one moment did I think my result would be positive. I had fully expected to be tested negative so I could chair Senedd proceedings today.
“I continue to be in self-isolation and to follow guidelines. That’s all we can do. Follow guidelines.
“Keep safe all and thank you to all those in our communities and in decision-making positions who are working to tackle and defeat this virus. My best wishes to you all.”
The Welsh Government today announced that they are contacting people in Wales who have been identified as being at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus.
Each person will be given specific advice about how they can protect themselves, based on their individual medical history and health needs.
The letters, which are currently being sent out, will include advice to stay at home for 12 weeks, and will list the medical, practical and emotional support available.
Wales’ 22 local authorities and the Welsh Government have been working with the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) to ensure everyone who receives the letter and needs support will be able to access it in their local community.
The guidance for people at the highest risk is:
- Strictly avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough;
- Do not leave your house for at least 12 weeks unless it is absolutely vital.
- Visits from carers or healthcare workers, who would normally come and help with your daily needs or social care, will be able to carry on as normal.
- Do not attend any gatherings. This includes gatherings of friends and families in private spaces, for example family homes, weddings, parties and religious services.
- Do not go out for shopping, leisure or travel. Food or medication deliveries, should be left at the door to minimise contact.
- Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media.
- Use telephone or online services to contact your GP practice or other essential services as and when you need.
Health Minister Vaughan Gething said: “This is very worrying time for people with existing health issues.
“We are directly contacting everyone in Wales who is at risk of developing a serious illness from coronavirus to provide clear and tailored advice about how you can best protect yourselves.
“We are doing everything possible to keep you safe during this outbreak. But we need your help.
“If you receive a letter, it is really important you follow the guidance to stay safe and well. Don’t leave your home, or invite anyone into your home, unless it is absolutely vital.
“The public’s support in this effort is crucial. It’s really important everyone follows the guidance about staying at home and social distancing, even if they are normally fit and well and don’t feel at risk. Thousands of people in Wales have serious health issues which makes coronavirus particularly risky for them – everyone can do their bit to reduce the spread of the virus.”