These suggestions have been prepared for general use and especially for the vulnerable in society such as those with heart/lung disorders, the elderly (over 60s) and immune-suppressed, for example, those on chemotherapy.
World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines and a study of pandemics show that in order to minimise the number of deaths from a pandemic, it is essential to slow the spread of the disease. If this is not done, then vital public health services are overstretched and the result is that many times more people die unnecessarily. Most of us have no experience with the rate of growth of pandemics. Because they spread exponentially, the longer we wait to act, the faster they spread. If they spread beyond the capability of the system to cope then the death rates can be increased up to ten times. As of today, the afternoon of Saturday 14 March 2020, the published number of cases of infection in Scotland is 121. This is a doubling period of two days. If this were to continue to double every two days, then within a month nearly 4 million people in Scotland would be infected!
We must do everything we can to slow this rate down!