We’re all adjusting to a new way of living.
It will be some time before life goes back to the way it was, and I hope everyone is looking after themselves and their mental health, which is just as important as our physical health.
This is why the Scottish Government has announced a further £3.8 million to expand digital mental health services, including Breathing Space, the NHS 24 Mental Health Hub and Computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CCBT).
For more information, go to nhsinform.scot/coronavirus-mental-wellbeing.
The response from communities has been tremendous. To everyone who has stayed at home as we asked, thank you. Those who have gone out to work to keep our country running, we are incredibly grateful to you.
I’ve enjoyed seeing households displaying images of rainbows in their windows for kids to count as they do their daily exercise.
There are currently 1,245 people who have tested positive for coronavirus in Scotland.
However, this certainly does not reflect the true number of cases across the country, which the Chief Medical Officer estimates could have reached about 65,000.
— Jason Leitch (@jasonleitch) March 28, 2020
That’s why it’s really important we stick to the new rules – the better we adhere to them, the sooner we reduce the numbers infected.
Our health and social care staff are the real heroes during this unprecedented time, and this week we’ve announced prioritised testing for them and their families, to cut down on the number of working days lost if they or their loved ones experience symptoms.
This means they can continue their vital work as soon as they or a household member tests negative – instead of having to isolate.
You can now download an isolation note directly from the NHS Inform website at https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note to give to your employer.
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