COVID-19 / Coronavirus

Updated 24th November 2020.

Due to the further tightening of restrictions and further measures announced by the Government, it is with great regret that I will not be providing appointments for any hands-on therapies until after Christmas. I have also suspended the running of all courses until after Christmas.

I will review the situation in January 2021 for treatments and courses and will publish dates if I am able to safely run courses at that time.

If I am unable to run a course you have booked on to I am happy to either transfer your deposit to an alternative course or return it, whichever you prefer.

These are tough decisions to make but I am following the advice and guidance given by my insurers, professional and regulatory bodies as well as the current Government *advice regarding social distancing, etc. This is further compounded by the fact that I work from home and I have to think of the knock-on effects for my family and their health and work situations.

*Click here for information I have put together on this.

I am happy to provide sessions of EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and Bach Flower Remedy consultations via FaceTime/Skype/WhatsApp video calls. Bach remedies can be collected from my porch (preferred) or posted out to you. Payment can be made by bank transfer or PayPal.

I have spent over 20 years building up a very loyal client base and it greatly saddens me that I can’t continue to treat you at the moment. I thank you for your support and friendship and hope that we can soon recommence your treatments.

I will update this message as and when the situation changes.

In the meantime, I wish you, your families and friends all the very best in these difficult and uncertain times; feel free to stay in touch by email, text or phone.

Stay safe, healthy, and cheerful.... and see you soon!

Heather x

Click here to visit (COVID-19): Guidance

In the meantime, here is some information that I hope will prove useful to you:

How To Protect Yourself and Your Family and Friends

There are general principles you can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
  • washing your hands more often - with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitiser when you get home or into work, when you blow your nose, sneeze or cough, eat or handle food
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid close contact with people who have symptoms
  • cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin and wash your hands
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home

Hand gels and antibacterial wipes are useful to keep with you, in your handbag, car, etc., if you do not have immediate access to hand washing facilities, but are proven not to be as effective as handwashing with soap and water.

Useful Tips To Reduce Contamination

  • use disposable gloves or a tissue when handling petrol pumps to fill up your car
  • use a clean tissue to open and close doors on public buildings, public toilets, etc., then bin immediately
  • use antibac wipes to santise your steering wheel, door handles, window controls after you have visited public places, shops, etc.
  • use antibac wipes to sanitise shopping trolley and basket handles before you use them
  • clean/wash your hands as soon as possible after you have been shopping, used public transport, etc.

What should you do if you develop symptoms of COVID-19 / Coronavirus?

  • the same guidance applies to the general population and those at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 / Coronavirus
  • if you develop symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature and/or new and continuous cough), self-isolate at home for 7 days
  • new evidence is emerging that loss of taste and smell up to seven days before developing other symptoms is a sign of the virus being present
  • if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms, this will help to protect others in your community while you are infectious
  • do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
  • you do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home
  • testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home

Getting Assistance With Foods and Medicines If You Are Reducing Social Contacts

  • ask family, friends and neighbours to support you and use online services
  • if this is not possible, then the public sector, business, charities, and the general public are gearing up to help those advised to stay at home
  • it is important to speak to others and ask them to help you to make arrangements for the delivery of food, medicines and essential services and supplies, and look after your physical and mental health and wellbeing

If you receive support from health and social care organisations, for example, if you have care provided for you through the local authority or health care system, this will continue as normal.
Your health or social care provider will be asked to take additional precautions to make sure that you are protected.

What Should You Do If You Have Hospital and GP Appointments During This Period?

  • the advice is for everyone to access medical assistance remotely, wherever possible
  • if you have a scheduled hospital or other medical appointment during this period, talk to your GP or clinician to ensure you continue to receive the care you need and consider whether appointments can be postponed

Looking After Your Mental Wellbeing During Social Distancing

Understandably, you may find that social distancing can be boring or frustrating. You may find your mood and feelings are affected and you may feel low, worried or have problems sleeping and you might miss being outside with other people.

At times like these, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour which in turn can make you feel worse. There are simple things you can do that may help, to stay mentally and physically active during this time such as:
  • look for ideas of exercises you can do at home on the NHS website
  • download the free Headspace App for guided meditations you can do to help stay calm and grounded
  • spend time doing things you enjoy, this might include reading, cooking, other indoor hobbies or listening to the radio or watching TV programmes
  • try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water and try to avoid smoking, alcohol and drugs
  • keep your windows open to let in fresh air, get some natural sunlight if you can, or get outside into the garden
  • go for a walk or exercise outdoors if you stay more than 2 metres from others
  • text or email me!

Stay safe and well....and see you on the flip side!

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Contact me:
Tel: 0114 289 1342

COVID Symptom Study

I have been using the The COVID Symptom Study app, which has been developed by health science company ZOE and it is endorsed by the Welsh Government, NHS Wales, the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland. By reporting daily, over 3,867,665 people are contributing data which is helping the research teams at King's College London to track Covid-19 throughout the country.

The following information is provided by the app and copyright is held by Zoe, the compnay that developed the app. I am sharing it merely to promote it.

I think it makes interesting reading as different people seem to have vastly different experiences of COVID-19.

I urge everyone to download the app and participate. For this reason, a link is provided at the end of the article.


How long does COVID-19 last?

June 8, 2020
How long does COVID-19 last? Our data shows one in ten are sick for three weeks or more.

It’s commonly believed that COVID-19 is a short-term illness caused by infection with the novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, and most health sources suggest that people will recover within two weeks or so.

But it’s becoming increasingly clear that this isn’t the case for everyone infected with coronavirus. Some people have reported symptoms for three weeks or more, while others have been suffering for months.

We look at what the data from the COVID Symptom Study app is telling us about the number of people living with COVID-19 over the longer term, the symptoms they are experiencing, and whether they are still infectious. ‍
How long does COVID-19 last?‍

Data from our COVID Symptom Study suggests that while most people recover from COVID-19 within two weeks, one in ten people may still have symptoms after three weeks, and some may suffer for months.

Our research shows that some people are experiencing fatigue, headaches, coughs, anosmia (loss of smell), sore throats, delirium, and chest pain for more than three weeks after first reporting symptoms in the app.
Data from the COVID Symptom Study suggests that one in ten people still have COVID-19 symptoms after three weeks

In people who develop severe cases of COVID-19, we know that symptoms follow a typical pattern: anosmia, fever and cough in the first two days, which develop into severe respiratory symptoms often requiring hospitalisation after around a week.‍

But strangely, it seems that people with mild cases of the disease are more likely to have a variety of strange symptoms that come and go over a more extended period. The more we learn about coronavirus, the weirder it gets, says COVID Symptom Study lead Professor Tim Spector from King’s College London.

"I've studied 100 diseases. COVID is the strangest one I have seen in my medical career," he told the Guardian recently.‍

What symptoms do people with long-term COVID experience?‍

A few months ago, we thought that COVID-19 was just a respiratory disease characterised by a cough and high temperature.

But now we know that the virus can cause a vast range of symptoms, from cardiovascular problems to gastrointestinal distress. Many long-term COVID sufferers report a variety of these 'atypical' symptoms coming and going over time.

We spoke with Dr Rachel Pope, Senior Lecturer in European Prehistory at the University of Liverpool, who has been suffering from symptoms for 13 weeks.

“It started like a cold or flu,” she says. "By week four, most of the people around me who also had it, including my daughter and my former partner, got better.".

But although Rachel had improved during her fourth week, she got worse again in week 5 and her symptoms moved from her airways into her internal organs, resulting in heart problems that took her to A&E.

“The first time they thought I was having a stroke, and the second time they thought it was a heart attack,” she says.

Rachel isn’t alone. A growing number of people are reporting long-term symptoms of COVID-19. Some have reported heart problems, which doctors have put down to post-viral inflammation caused by COVID-19 rather than an ongoing infection.

Experts have recently warned that COVID-19 may cause lasting damage to other internal organs, including the lungs, liver, brain, and kidney. This may explain why some people continue to experience symptoms long after the virus has been cleared from the body.‍
Are COVID-19 'long-termers' still infectious?‍

The short answer to this is we don’t know when people with COVID-19 stop being infectious. One Chinese study reported details of a patient who was shedding coronavirus for 49 days, despite only experiencing mild symptoms, so people could remain infectious for a long time.

Whether or not an individual is still infectious several weeks after first catching coronavirus depends on whether their symptoms are the result of an ongoing infection or damage that persists after their immune system has cleared the virus.

Rachel admits that she doesn’t know if she is still infectious.

“I personally think that there was still a viral tail up to week 11. I was still having quite violent diarrhoea at that point, so I think it was still viral.”

The NHS advises continuing to self-isolate if you have a temperature, runny nose, sickness, diarrhoea or loss of appetite, even if it has been more than 14 days since your symptoms started, as you may still have an active viral infection.
‍People with long-term COVID-19 are struggling to get back to normal life‍

“These people may be going back to work and not performing at the top of their game,” Prof Tim Spector told the Guardian. “There is a whole other side to the virus which has not had attention because of the idea that ‘if you are not dead you are fine.’”

People feeling long-lasting effects of COVID-19 are angry at the lack of information and support available.

“It’s great that we haven’t died, but I’ve now been suffering with serious health problems for three months with very limited support,” says Rachel.

The COVID Symptom Study app aims to help people like Rachel by understanding the long term health effects of the coronavirus pandemic. If you can relate to Rachel's experience, and could benefit from peer support, you can also check out this Facebook group .

We need as many people as possible to be using the app on a daily basis to log their health, even if you feel well or think you’ve already had COVID-19. ‍

You can also set up user profiles for friends or family - including children - who aren’t able to use the app but still want to take part in this vital research project. ‍
The lowdown on long-term COVID-19

Most people recover from mild COVID-19 within two weeks and more serious disease within three weeks
Some people suffer from the effects of the virus for much longer
The virus may cause damage to internal organs, resulting in long-term or potentially permanent health problems
There currently is little information and support available for people with long-term COVID-19
We need to gather ongoing data about the nation’s health to understand the long-term effects of this disease

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