Residents of the UK have heeded the advice by the Government to stay at home in order to relieve pressure off of the NHS.
From these strict measures of isolation, the UK’s chief scientific adviser has commented that there are early signs that lockdown is being effective.
Sir Patrick Vallance announced yesterday that social distancing measures are in fact, “making a difference.”
The spread and transmission of coronavirus is thought to be on the decrease through local communities resulting in fewer infections.
Data from hospital admissions have also backed this up, confirming that cases are not rising as quickly as first feared and anticipated amongst Government officials.
However, 9,000 people are infected with the disease in hospitals across England, which has risen from 6,000 on Friday 27th March. Up and down the country, one in ten hospital beds are taken up with the virus.
As of 31 March 2020, the total deaths confirmed in the UK has grown to 1,408, with over 20,000 further ongoing active cases.
According to Sir Patrick, the NHS is seeing an influx of 1,000 new patients a day showing symptoms of the coronavirus, but describes the daily rise in hospitalisations as “stable”.
Because this figure is rising in an increasing amount, but in a constant amount is perhaps suggesting that we’re already beginning to see the positive effects of social distancing.
However, even as the daily numbers of deaths have fallen for the second consecutive day, the chief scientific advisor has also cautioned over looking at the day to day fluctuations, further explaining that this data will need to be looked over in time.
This means that the public are continuing to be advised to stay home, only going out when it is essential and to continue to practice diligent hand hygiene.
Important rules to remember is not to touch your face, and disinfect your hands with hand sanitiser after coming into contact with anything outside of your home. This is especially true for visiting the supermarket. Buy hand sanitiser here.
This comes as the advisor noted that there would be a continued rise in hospital patients, briefing reporters he said: "I do expect that number to continue. I expect people coming every day to be about that, it may go up a little bit.”
However, there is still the warning that the situation is going to get worse over the next couple of weeks because of the time it takes for social distancing measures to take full effect.
It is therefore for this reason that they are unable to announce the full timescale of social distancing and how long the measures will need to remain in place to keep the virus contained.
The priority right now is ensuring that hospital admissions are kept to a minimum where NHS staff are still able to cope alongside other daily traumas. Especially now as NHS staff themselves are struggling to fight the disease.
This comes as around one in four NHS workers are taken ill and showing symptoms of the virus. One of the most recent deaths over the weekend was an organ transplant consultant, Amged El-Hawrani, who became the first NHS surgeon to die after being diagnosed with coronavirus.
Staying home and the frequent use of hand sanitiser is appearing to slow the problem. But as numbers begin to drop, this does not mean that the UK should go back to operating as normal. Hand hygiene is still more important than ever and following the Government's restrictions on movement is vital.