Following government advice this week on social distancing to manage the spread of coranavirus (COVID-19), our daily lives are changing for the foreseeable future.
The advice states that there is an increased risk to people over 70 or those with underlying health conditions. The distancing measures are especially important when it comes to protecting them. The guideline when it comes to ‘having friends and family to the house’ is ‘strongly advised against’. As a result, you may find that you have to avoid visiting some of your loved ones.
As family, friends and careworkers are avoiding visits right now, a personal alarm could be useful in ensuring your loved ones can still get help when they need it. A personal alarm with 24/7 monitoring is particularly useful because it can connect to a remote team that can work out what’s happened and arrange the best help accordingly.
Many people are offered traditional personal alarms from their local council. However, they can be tricky to install and often require someone to come in and set them up. With the risk of coronavirus right now, it means they are just not a safe option.
An alternative is to get an alarm that does not need setting up and that can be posted. This way you don't introduce the risk of someone coming into the home. Public Health England have advised that someone receiving a parcel in the post is not at risk of contracting coronavirus.
At Personal Alarm Watch, we set up a watch and fully test it with the wearer’s details before posting it. When it arrives, the watch works straight out of the box, there is no installation to do.
We post watches using Royal Mail. They are constantly evaluating their processes to prevent the spread of the virus. At the time of writing, they published the following update on their website:
‘Public Health England (PHE) has advised that people receiving parcels are not at risk of contracting the coronavirus. From experience with other coronaviruses, we know that these types of viruses don’t survive long on objects, such as letters or parcels.’
In the meantime, remember to keep washing your hands regularly and stay safe!