Salford self-isolation

Image Credit: Lucy Hill 2020

Michael Gove MP announced on the Andrew Marr Show this morning that the ‘strict measures’ announced by the Prime Minister on Monday may last for longer than anticipated.

Michael Gove speaking remotely on the Andrew Marr show (29/02/2020)

Gove said: “Everyone does have to prepare for a significant period when these measures are still in place.”

The impact of this is detrimental to Salford residents, as the self-isolation is proving difficult for some.

‘Being There’, a small charity in Greater Manchester, has started a telephone listening line to offer emotional support for people struggling at this time.

Chief executive, Karen Mercer, said: “What I find is our clients already feel isolated and lonely.

“I think this situation brings it home to many more people how difficult social isolation is. I hope it builds some empathy for isolated and lonely people everywhere.”

‘Being There’ has multiple helplines for areas all over Greater Manchester, including:

Salford: 0161 213 1936

Trafford: 0161 747 2452

North Manchester: 0161 230 1431

South Manchester: 0161 291 2911

Tameside: 0161 217 1373

Kelly Ann Cowburn, a nursery nurse in Salford, has said “I am a key worker, but I am at home as we did not have enough children for the nursery to stay open.”

Many others have expressed their frustrations with the situation.

Karen Morris, former Public Governer of hospitals, has said “I am frustrated that a lot of people are not taking this seriously.

“I also feel like the hospitals should have stopped visitors earlier and encouraged phone appointments.”

Salford Royal
Banner outside of Manchester Royal Infirmary showing solidarity. Image credits: Holly Pritchard 2020

There have been complaints about the strict measures, with people calling them unclear.

When asked about the vagueness of the regulations on daily exercise, Michael Gove said: “For most people a walk of up to an hour or run of 30 minutes or a cycle ride of between that, depending on their level of fitness is appropriate”

Headway Salford, hosts of a regular drop-in day centre for people with acquired brain injuries, has been following government regulations by having staff self-isolate.

This has made their rehabilitation services difficult.

They said “We have set up online chair exercise programs and we are encouraging clients to carry out physio within their own homes without the therapist”

While this situation is unfolding, people have been sharing their coping methods.

Kelly Ann Cowburn shared: “I am coping by catching up on TV, housework and jigsaws.

I also go in my backyard a lot when I need fresh air.”

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