Coronavirus News Index

  • DWP Releases Attendance Allowance Update
    The Department for Work and Pensions’ Attendance Allowance (AA) review processes are reverting to previous arrangements, after changes were made in response to COVID-19. The first customers to be affected will be those …
  • Report: Have the DWP’s Covid-19 support measures been effective?
    Social Security Advisory Committee:  have the DWP’s Covid-19 support measures been effective? The Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) has published a detailed report reviewing the effectiveness of the temporary social …
  • Active at Home Videos
    Disability Rights UK’s Get Yourself Active team have been working together with Sense and Durham University on a research project. The aim of this project has been to find out how disabled people have been staying active …
  • Free Vitamin D Supplements For Vulnerable People
    The Department of Health and Social Care’s is offering a free 4-month supply of vitamin D supplements to support general health, and in particular bone and muscle health. The offer is aimed at anyone who is clinically extremely …
  • Guide: Reducing Coronavirus Transmission Indoors
    The Government has published a scientific paper on how to reduce the chances of transmitting Coronavirus whilst in your own home or the homes of other people. It’s extremely detailed, but worth a read if you want to know a …
  • Christmas Coronavirus Restrictions Explained
    This is the Government’s advice on Coronavirus restrictions over the Christmas period. Some restrictions are eased (notably meeting other people in Christmas Bubbles), whilst others remain in force. Meeting friends and …
  • Christmas Bubbles Explained
    This is the rather lengthy advice from the Government on how many people you can meet and under what circumstances, during the Christmas period. The festive period is an important time for many people of all faiths and none who …
  • Calderdale’s Tier 3 Restrictions Explained
    More Info: Christmas Restrictions / The 3-Tier System Explained From the morning of Wednesday 2 December Calderdale will be under Covid restrictions in the Tier 3 (very high alert) category for England. Here are the key points of …
  • Flu Vaccination – Why You Must Ignore Fake News
    An NHS England video exploring the flu vaccine and why you should ignore the many rumour and fake news items telling you not to take it: https://youtu.be/0NbP-G7g414 Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading...…
  • Christmas Coronavirus Restriction Easing – What Are The Key Points?
    Here are the key details of the Government’s planned easing of social restrictions that will allow friends and loved ones to reunite over the Christmas period and the advice they offer to help make it as safe as possible. …
  • The New Tier System In Detail
    Local restriction tiers: what you need to know Below are details from the government of the local restriction tier system that will be in place from Wednesday 2 December, including what you can and cannot do in each tier. This …
  • Coronavirus: Return To a 3-Tier System At End of Lockdown, 2 December
    Later today (Monday 23 Nov), the Government is expected to announce a return to the “three tier system” when lockdown ends on 2 December. Details – What You Can Expect While parts of the tier system will be …
  • Video: Calderdale Council Coronavirus Q & A Session
    On Thursday 19 November Calderdale council hosted a COVID-19 LIVE Q&A on Facebook, looking at how we can all help to bring Calderdale’s infection rate down to the national average. Below is a video recording of the full …
  • Coronavirus – Getting Support in Calderdale
    Calderdale Council has written to everyone in Calderdale who has been identified as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) to make sure they know where to go if they need any advice and support. If you have been told by the NHS …
  • COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting the extremely vulnerable (multiple language options)
    This guidance is for clinically extremely vulnerable people, with additional information to help protect you from coronavirus (COVID-19). Everyone in England, including those who are clinically extremely vulnerable, is required …
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for people receiving direct payments
    Here are links to the latest advice for people who buy care and support through a direct payment, as well as local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and those who provide care and support. Documents Guidance for local …
  • Controlling the spread – latest reminder from Council
    Please view the following important message from Calderdale Council about controlling the spread of coronavirus. We all need to play our part in reducing the spread of the virus. There are three big things that we can all do to …
  • Video: importance of ventilation to reduce spread of COVID-19
    A new short film released by the government shows how coronavirus lingers in enclosed spaces, and how to keep your home ventilated. Watch the video (no subtitles) Watch the video (with subtitles) Research shows that being in a …
  • Citizens’ Advice: Energy Bill Guidance & Support
    Are you worried about your energy bills? It’s estimated that average households will use 15% more energy during this lock-down period, and more energy usage means high bills. Citizens Advice Calderdale has an Energy Advisor ready …
  • Advice: Diabetes & Covid-19
    Do you have diabetes? Or do any of your friends or family have diabetes? Have you heard or read anything about diabetes and Covid-19? Having diabetes does not mean you are more likely to get Covid-19. You are no more likely to …
  • Avoiding Falls When Wearing a Mask
    Here’s an interesting article from the BMJ website, which looks at the risks of falls whilst wearing a mask and looks at how best to avoid them, making some really insightful points about how we balance along the way: …
  • Traveling Safely on Buses & Trains
    If you do need to travel on public transport, then please help protect yourself and others by following these safety guidelines: • Wear a face covering unless exempt and carry hand sanitiser • Maintain social distancing • Pay …
  • Government Paper – Role of Children in Transmission of COVID-19
    The Government has published an updated scientific paper on the role of children in transmission of COVID-19. It looks at the risks for children, young people and those they come into contact with. View on Government Website TFC: …
  • Government Letter To Clinically Extremely Vulnerable People
    Below is the content of a letter that the government has sent to clinically extremely vulnerable people, updating them on the current Coronavirus restrictions and offering a range of advice on staying safe. There are also …
  • Government Report: Coronavirus and the social impacts on disabled people Sept 2020
    This report looks at the social impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on disabled people in Great Britain. This release uses two waves of survey results covering 24 September to 4 October 2020 and includes indicators …
  • Calderdale Domestic Abuse Support
    If you are affected by any aspect of Domestic Abuse, Calderdale Staying Safe team can help. They provide free, confidential advice for anyone over 16 who lives in Calderdale and they also help put you in touch with relevant …
  • GPs likely to deliver Covid-19 vaccine
    The BMJ is reporting that the NHS has published an agreement to enable general practices to start delivering a covid-19 vaccine from as early as next month. A new directed enhanced service (DES), published 10 November, says …
  • Rapid coronavirus tests for Calderdale
    This news item has just popped up on the BBC Yorkshire News Website (10/11/2020) Updated – Government announcement of the same news Rapid coronavirus tests to be rolled out in Yorkshire Priority groups are to benefit from …
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    90% Effective Covid-19 Vaccine Announcement
    Here’s a round up of the reaction to news that a vaccine may very soon be available for Covid-19, followed by a more analytical piece by the BMJ. The BBC Who will get the vaccine first and when can you have it? Have we …
  • Government Advice: Making a support bubble with another household
    How you can safely expand the group of people you have close contact with during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. National restrictions began in England on 5 November Find out about the new restrictions and what you can and …
  • Face coverings: when to wear one, exemptions, and how to make your own
    You can find out more about this topic on our Face Covering exemptions page. This is the Government’s latest advice on face coverings – the advice explains when to wear a face covering, exemptions from wearing one, …
  • CREW ZOOM online sessions
    If you attend CREW’s online ZOOM exercise sessions, these will continue as normal during the second lockdown. In fact they have a brand new ZOOM coming on Wednesdays, when Shenaz will be leading a circuit session at 6.15pm. …
  • DWP Newsletter – Including Video Relay Service (VRS) for British Sign Language (BSL) Users
    6 November 2020 Roundup of recent DWP announcements  Universal Credit – Minimum Income Floor for the self-employed The Minimum Income Floor (MIF) for self-employed Universal Credit (UC) claimants will remain suspended until …
  • Health & Medicine: BMJ News & Articles
    The BMJ (British Medical Journal) puts out a weekly digest of its main news and articles from the previous week. It’s a good source of information if you are looking for an overview of current medical debate and opinion …
  • Mental Health Fitness For Men Of Calderdale
    The Great Minds project; a partnership between West Yorkshire & Harrogate Integrated Care System (ICS) and State of Mind Sport, will look to deliver initial sessions for Men of Calderdale online that will include sessions …
  • Calderdale GP Appointment Hub
    Calderdale NHS have launched a very useful new “GP Appointment Hub” on their website, where you can quickly find the details of your local GP Surgery and book an appointment. Working alongside the NHS app (download …
  • Government Mental Health & Wellbeing Advice
    What you need to know The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is having an impact on everyone’s daily lives, as the government and the NHS take necessary steps to manage the outbreak, reduce transmission and treat those who need …
  • Learning Disability Flu Information Videos:
    NHS England had produced a couple of short Flu videos for people with learning disabilities/their family/carers? There is one aimed at directly people with learning disabilities https://youtu.be/eZ1vDai8u5o   There is also …
  • Council’s “Stop the Spread” Message
    Here’s a good, simple poster from the Council highlighting your priorities in the prevention of the Coronavirus, released to coincide with the start of the lockdown period on 5 November 2020. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike …
  • Vitamin D – Take A Supplement In Winter
    This advice from the NHS includes a Coronavirus update. Whilst still unsure whether vitamin D can help fight or prevent the virus, it’s clearly a good idea to take a supplement for your general health during the winter …
  • Calderdale Libraries – New Restrictions
    Important Service Update You will already know that the government has announced new national restrictions for England from this Thursday (5th November). This email is to explain what this will mean for the service offered by …
  • Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19
    Updated advice for November 5 Lockdown onwards Who this guidance is for? This guidance is for everyone in England who has been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable. If you are in this group, you will previously have …
  • New Coronavirus Restrictions Start Thursday 5 November
    In the effort to tackle the spread of Coronavirus, as of Thursday 5th of November the whole of England will be entering new restrictions/lockdown. Once the new national restrictions have been approved by parliament, they are …
  • Video: Calderdale Coronavirus Update/Advice
    Debs Harkins, Calderdale Council’s Director of Public Health gives us an overview of Coronavirus’s spread in the area. With an estimated 1 in 40 people in Calderdale currently with the virus, there a simple things we …
  • New National Coronavirus Restrictions from 5 November
    This is the information published by the Government  on 1 November 2020, detailing the new national restrictions, including what they mean for working from home and business closures, why they are being introduced and the …
  • Covid Funding For Victoria Theatre
    We’re pleased to see that our friends at the Victoria Theatre have been given funding to secure their short term future – here’s what the Council’s website has to say about the award: The Victoria Theatre …
  • Calderdale Child Hunger Campaign “Never Hungry Again” Launched
    Calderdale’s kind communities are uniting in their shared ambition to end child hunger in the borough for good. In response to national calls to extend free school meals beyond term times, organisations and individuals across …
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    Covid-19 Science: Why does it spread so fast and why are obesity and age extra risks?
    Worldwide more than 41 million people have now been infected with SARS-CoV-2 and over a million people have died. But what makes this virus so difficult to control, and why are some people more at risk than others? Elisabeth …
  • Mental Health Apps – Not Just For the Young!
    Did you know that there are some 600 approved mental health apps available on prescription. In the past six months, prescriptions for such apps have increased by 6,500 per cent. Now, hundreds of people a day are downloading a …
  • Get Yourself Active – at Home! 
    Get Yourself Active – at Home!  Disability Rights UK has been working together with Sense and Durham University to find out how disabled people have been staying active during the coronavirus pandemic, and to find out what …
  • Independent Coronavirus Support for vulnerable people in Calderdale
    Funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, has helped us secure support for people in Calderdale who are at risk due to the Coronavirus. Advancement of Community …
  • Coronavirus – Getting Support From The Council
    You can use the Calderdale Council website to get support during the Coronavirus pandemic, plus find out how to get support for someone who is vulnerable. How to get help If you or someone you know needs extra support during this …
  • Guidance For Those Vulnerable to Covid-19
    There’s a really useful “easy read” guide for people who are particularly vulnerable to Covid-19. It’s a great way to refresh you memory of the priorities as you go about your everyday life. Easy Read …
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    Encouraging Signs For Oxford Vaccine in Trials
    The University of Oxford coronavirus vaccine that is currently being trialled has been found to produce an immune response in people over the age of 55. The results are encouraging because older people are at an increased risk of …
  • Latest Scam Alerts
    This Monthly alert from West Yorkshire Trading Standards outlines trending fraud patterns during the current COVID-19 pandemic and what we can do to stay protected. There have been further reports of scams, doorstep Crime and …
  • Controlling Diabetes
    Having diabetes does not mean you are more likely to get Covid-19. You are no more likely to catch coronavirus than somebody without diabetes. But some research has shown that if you do catch Covid and you have diabetes then you …
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    Exploring The Scientific Divide on Covid-19
    It is not whether we should open up or lock down. Rather, it’s how we can break the chain of transmission, argue Martin McKee and David Stuckler on the BMJ website. A new theme has emerged in the media discourse on covid-19 in …
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    Disability Right UK: New shielding guidance lacks basic protections
    This article is from Disability Rights UK’s website. The 2.2 million people advised to shield back in March have been advised by government to carry on with life, but at “one step beyond” their area’s current three-tier …
  • Mental Health – Support & Advice
    Spending time in your home can make you feel isolated and lonely, and this affects our emotional health and wellbeing. It is normal to experience low mood, anxiety or stress but there are things that can help. Calderdale NHS have …
  • Coronavirus – Getting Support From The Council
    You can use the Calderdale Council website to get support during the Coronavirus pandemic, plus find out how to get support for someone who is vulnerable. How to get help If you or someone you know needs extra support during this …
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    Long Covid – Latest interpretation of new syndrome
    Long covid, the name commonly used to explain lasting effects of covid-19, may actually be four different syndromes, according to a review by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).1 A team of researchers and doctors …
  • Safe use of Public Toilets During the Pandemic
    As more of us are starting to venture out to various public spaces such as pubs restaurants and shopping centres, It is almost inevitable that we are going to be using public toilets, but how does one stay safe when you are using …
  • Flu Vaccine – Key Information Winter 2020-21
    The Flu vaccine is free if you are: 65 years old or over Pregnant Have certain medical conditions Living in a long-stay residential care home or another long-stay care facility A carer’s allowance, or who are the main carer for …
  • Support the NHS: Make the right choice when seeking treatment
    Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust’s Accident and Emergency Department (A&E) at Calderdale Royal Hospital is extremely busy at the moment due to the increasing pressure of covid-19. Please don’t go to A&E …
  • Calderdale’s Coronavirus Restrictions – Easy Read Poster
    Tier 2 Restrictions A visual guide to the restrictions currently in place across Calderdale Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading...…
  • Guidance For Those Who Are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (13/10/20)
    Who this guidance is for This guidance is for everyone who has been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable. If you are in this group, you will previously have received a letter from the NHS or from your GP telling you …
  • Local Restrictions: Calderdale From 14 October
    As of this Wednesday 14th October, restrictions in Calderdale are changing. Calderdale has been identified as a Tier 2 area in the new national tiered approach to COVID-19 restrictions, announced by the government this afternoon. …
  • Prime Minister Reveals New Three-Tier Coronavirus System
    In a statement, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson has detailed the government’s latest measures to contain the spread of coronavirus, which will be rolled out from Wednesday 14 October. Here are some of the most significant …
  • Why You Should Check Your Risks of Type 2 Diabetes
    Link: Diabetes Info On NHS Website Almost 300,000 people have accessed an NHS tool to check their risk of type 2 diabetes online less than two months after the NHS fast tracked access to its world leading Healthier You Diabetes …
  • Cancer Checks: Why You Should Seek Medical Advice As “Normal”
    Famous faces, including TV chefs Gordon Ramsay, Nadiya Hussein, and actress Emma Thompson are backing a major new campaign urging anyone concerned about cancer to get checked and to keep routine appointments, as new research …
  • Reminder: Calderdale’s Current Coronavirus Restrictions
    What are the current Coronavirus restrictions within Calderdale? By law, you must not: Meet with people you do not live with in a private house or garden. (Unless they are part of your support bubble.) Visit someone’s house …
  • Would you like to become a Community Covid Champion?
    You could be just the person Calderdale Council are looking for! Would you be interested in a new volunteering opportunity that will help people to stay safe and support your local community to respond to and recover from the …
  • Video: How To Tell Apart Colds, Flu & Covid-19
    Although Colds, Flu and Covid-19 are caused by different viruses they can have similar symptoms.  It can be hard to judge which one you may have, but this short video  from the BBC explains the symptoms of each and may help you …
  • Taxis Now Showing Face Covering Stickers
    Taxis across Calderdale are now displaying window stickers asking customers to wear a face covering before entering the vehicle. It’s advisable to sit in the back left passenger seat if you’re travelling alone. Share …
  • Independent Coronavirus Support for vulnerable people in Calderdale
    Funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, has helped us secure support for people in Calderdale who are at risk due to the Coronavirus. Advancement of Community …
  • Government Guidance: Staying alert and safe
    The most important thing we can continue to do is to stay alert, control the virus, and, in doing so, save lives. This guidance explains the measures that will help you to stay alert and stay as safe as possible as we continue to …
  • Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do
    This is national guidance that applies to England only – people in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland should follow the specific rules in those parts of the UK. If you live in an area that is experiencing a local COVID-19 …
  • Exemptions: When you do not need to wear a face covering
    In settings where face coverings are required in England, there are some circumstances where people may not be able to wear a face covering. Please be mindful and respectful of such circumstances, noting that some people are less …
  • Reminder: When and where to wear a face covering
    25/09/2020 In England, you must wear a face covering in the following indoor settings (a list of examples for each is included in the brackets): public transport (aeroplanes, trains, trams and buses) taxis and private hire …
  • New package to support and enforce self-isolation in lower earners
    From 28 September, people will be required by law to self-isolate if they test positive or are contacted by Test and Trace. To ensure that people on lower incomes are able to self-isolate without worry about their finances, …
  • Guidance to parents and guardians: when you should book a coronavirus test for your child
    Date: 23 September 2020 – A Government letter to parents and guardians Dear parents and guardians, This is an important letter to share some information on how we can work together to make sure we can continue to give …
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    Covid-19 Vaccine – Latest On Who Will Get It First
    This is interim advice for the Government from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) on the groups that should be prioritised for vaccination, if and when a vaccine is available. Introduction This update to …
  • NHS COVID-19 App Now Available
    NHS COVID-19 app launched nationwide to help control COVID-19 transmission alongside national and local contact tracing Features of the app include contact tracing using Bluetooth, risk alerts based on postcode district, QR …
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    Coronavirus Analysis: Two Approaches To “Second Wave”
    Two open letters sent to the UK’s four chief medical officers signal the polarisation of opinion among medical professionals over how the government should tackle the emerging “second wave” of covid-19. One group of doctors and …
  • Response from Calderdale Council to national restrictions announcement
    In response to the Prime Minister’s statement on COVID-19 to the House of Commons yesterday, Calderdale Council’s Deputy Leader, Cllr Jane Scullion, said: “Once again, as a nation we’re seeing a worrying increase in COVID-19 …
  • Get Your Winter Flu-Jab Now!
    People are being advised to get a flu jab to help protect against the “double danger” of flu and coronavirus. Research shows people can catch both diseases at the same time and that the combination of illnesses is …
  • Childcare exempt from interhousehold mixing restrictions
    Informal childcare and caring arrangements will be allowed to continue across the nation, the Health Secretary announced on 21 September 2020 Informal carers will be able to provide care for children and vulnerable adults in …
  • Government Announces New National Coronavirus Restrictions
    The Prime Minister has announced a further range of restrictions to everyday life in response to a rapid growth in the number of Coronavirus cases in the last month. Reasons For The New Restrictions A month ago, on average around …
  • Statistics: Disabled People Account For 59% of COVID-19 Deaths
    The Government has published an analysis of Coronavirus (COVID-19) related deaths by disability status, in England and Wales during the period 2 March to 14 July 2020. It reveals just how vulnerable to to the virus people with …
  • Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme
    Recognising that self-isolation is one of the most powerful tools for controlling the transmission of Covid-19, the Government will be introducing a new Test and Trace Support payment of £500 will ensure that those on low incomes …
  • Local Coronavirus Restrictions: All of Calderdale from 22 September
    These are the Government’s latest Local Restrictions, which will apply to all of Calderdale from 22 September 2020: Shielding If you are clinically extremely vulnerable we are not currently advising that you need to shield, …
  • Coronavirus: Local Restrictions Return To All Of Calderdale
    The Government has announced that local Coronavirus restrictions will be re-imposed throughout Calderdale, as from Tuesday 22 September. This means that wards in the Halifax constituency which were still subject to local …
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    Operation Moonshot: BMJ Assesses Ambitious Testing Plans
    The UK government’s plans to carry out up to 10 million covid-19 tests a day by early next year as part of a £100bn expansion of its national testing programme raise many questions. The BMJ’s Gareth Iacobucci examines the …
  • Report: Calderdale Voluntary & Community Sector Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
    This report has been brought together by the VSI Alliance using evidence and insight drawn from across the diverse voluntary and community sector (VCS) in Calderdale. The Voluntary, Community and Enterprise Sector (VCSE) in …
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    Coronavirus: Key Learnings From Leicester “Intervention”
    Occasionally we highlight an article that gives particular insight into the Coronavirus pandemic. In this case it’s the report of Dame Mary Ney’s rapid stocktake of lessons learnt from the Leicester City/Leicestershire …
  • Free “Healthy Minds” Online Workshop: Social Anxiety
    Healthy Minds have developed a number of workshops, to help you develop skills and resources to support your emotional wellbeing through these difficult times. Their next workshop is ‘Social Anxiety’ which takes place on Tuesday …
  • Coronavirus Quick Guide: Staying Alert & Safe
    It is critical that everybody observes the following key behaviours: HANDS – Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds. FACE – Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and …
  • Video: New “Hands, Face, Space” Campaign
    The new ‘Hands. Face. Space’ public information campaign urges the public to continue to wash their hands, cover their face and make space to control infection rates and avoid a second peak. The spread of coronavirus, …
  • Coronavirus: Contact Tracing App Coming On 24 Sept
    The Department of Health and Social Care has said that a covid-19 contact tracing app will be available across England and Wales on 24 September. Launch of the app has been delayed while NHSX initially tried to develop a …
  • Coronavirus Testing: Only get tested if you have symptoms
    It’s really important to ONLY book a Coronavirus/COVID-19 test if you have at least one of these symptoms: loss/change in sense of smell or taste. a high temperature a new, continuous cough National testing capacity is currently …