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Covid-19 and caring for someone

This information is for unpaid carers and protecting themselves and others during the Covid-19 pandemic. It includes information about when to use PPE.

If you provide unpaid care for a family member or friend who could otherwise not cope without your support, there is national guidance and advice to help you protect yourself and the person you care for.  This includes:

  • getting vaccinated against Covid-19
  • meeting people outside if possible
  • opening doors and windows to let in fresh air if meeting people inside
  • limiting the number of people you meet and avoiding crowded places
  • washing your hands regularly with soap and water or use hand sanitiser
  • wearing a face covering when it is hard to stay away from other people, especially crowded places or indoors

Carers who live with the person they provide care for and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)If you live with the person you provide care for, the national guidance is that you do not need to wear PPE when providing care, except if:

  • advised to do so, such as by a GP or nurse.
  • either you or they are coughing or have other Covid-19 symptoms, AND you need to be within 2 metres of each other.

If either of the above applies and you are not able to get hold of PPE, email ppe-requests@camden.gov.uk and provide the following information so that we can process your request as quickly as possible:

  • your name
  • your address
  • your contact number
  • how much of each item is required: gloves (small, medium, large, extra-large), surgical masks, aprons, eye protection, hand sanitiser.

Once we have received your email, someone will get in contact with you to discuss your requirements and confirm your order. You will need to  collect the PPE from Council offices. If that is not possible, we can arrange for it to be delivered to you.

Carers who do not live with the person they provide care for and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

If you do not live with the person you provide care for, the national guidance is that you should use PPE when providing care. 

Please refer to the recommended PPE for unpaid carers which provides details of PPE that a carer needs to wear in a number of different scenarios. 

Having referred to the above recommended PPE for unpaid carers, if you do require PPE email ppe-requests@camden.gov.uk and provide the following information so that we can process your request as quickly as possible:

  • your name
  • your address
  • your contact number
  • how much of each item is required: gloves (small, medium, large, extra large), surgical masks, aprons, eye protection, hand sanitiser.

Using PPE effectivelyPPE is only effective when it is put on and taken off properly, combined with good hand hygiene and other precautions such as avoiding touching your hands and face.

Once you have taken off the PPE, it should immediately be disposed of in sealed rubbish bags. These bags should be placed inside another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. You should put it aside for at least 72 hours before being put in the usual household waste bin.

Public Health England have produced some training resources on using PPE:

What to do if you have symptoms of Covid-19

If you are caring for a person who is in the clinically extremely vulnerable group and you are displaying symptoms of Covid-19, you should avoid contact with them.  If alternative care is required by the cared for person, contact Adult Social Care on 020 7974 4000 (option 1) or email adultsocialcare@camden.gov.uk.

General information on self-isolating can be found in Coronavirus guidance and what it means.  If you have symptoms of Covid-19, you should arrange to have a free NHS test to see if you have the virus.

If you, or the person you care for, have underlying health care problems which become worse during or after the self-isolation period you should seek medical advice by either phoning your GP, phoning NHS 111 or visiting https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19.

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