Emergancy COVID-19 Notices for the Liverpool City Region - 2020-05-09

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Letter to the Editor:- "How the Corona Virus pandemic can have an impact on your skin?"

"A couple of years ago I was diagnosed with Atopic Dermatitis which is a chronic condition. As the real cause of it is not known the treatment is based on a good hygiene routine and prevention from possible irritants such as washing agents, hash chemicals, latex and even some food.

After many years of DO's and DON'T's experiments I have finally managed to find my own routine of managing flare up's and then…BOOM! Corona Virus Pandemic happened and ruined everything!

However, it appears I am not the only one dealing with lockdown skin issues.

More breakouts, acne worse than ever, even that you do not wear a make up, dry and dull skin, aggravation of Atopic Dermatits, Contact Dermatits or Rosacea these are just a few to name.

But why?! Well…. It is obvious- we are out of our routine!

Let start with "No make up quarantine look." Most of you think that this is just doing good to your skin… Well… Yes and no!

When we do not wear a make up, we tend to touch our skin more often and there is a 50% chance that you are doing it right now! Am I right?

No make up on = nothing to wash off? Washing your face thoroughly is as important as washing your hands for 30 sec. There is still a plenty of sebum, dirt, pollutions, and dry skin to wash off. If you will skip your morning and evening washing routine, you skin pores will become blocked and cause breakouts. You may also consider a gently exfoliation once a week and a moisturizer twice a day.

Considering that our daily routines have drastically changed and no one get ready for work the "2020 lockdown look" trends are: hair up, a few lashes hanging on, bushy and faded brows no make up on and of course mask and gloves on. While wearing a mask and gloves can cause breakouts on you jowl line and Dermatitis flair up's on you hands, if you are anything like me you just don't feel pretty in that look and it can influence your self esteem, cause anxiety and of top of that you have been feeling the stress of this situation and your worries can actually take a physical impact on your skin.

Stress cause a chemical response and increase Cortisol (hormone) production in our body which can lead to increasing sebaceous glands activity and produce more oil. More oil can make your skin more prone to acne and breakouts.

Stress can also cause inflammation in our body and make skin problems worse. Stress can aggravate Psoriasis, Rosacea and Eczema.

In case no one have told you that today...

"YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL the way you are."

So be kind to yourself, appreciate little things, go for a walk, get some Vit D, take a relaxing bath, and apply hydrating mask on. Feeling better already?

Last, but not least, I would like to highlight, is a change in our diet. And even that some of our favourite places are closed now you might have few more glasses of wine than usual and one or two or maybe even the whole package of biscuits and you may not drink enough of water too.

That can make your skin look dull, fell dry and dehydrated or even cause breakouts.

Drinking water and eating healthy food is crucial right now. Food rich in Omega 3, 6, 9 (fish, sea food), fruits, oranges, strawberries, bananas, green vegetables, like spinach, kale, cucumber. Try to avoid chocolate, fast food, food high in GI and GL. It will help your skin look radiant and glowing again.

Remember this difficult time will pass and we will be back to our good routine soon."
Aleksandra, Skin Expert, Coco Beauty Clinic, Southport.

₤16 million for food charities to provide meals for those in need

FINANCIAL organisations Paymentshield and Defaqto have teamed up with mental health charity Mind for this year's National Conversation Week. The awareness week aims to get people talking in a bid to improve the nation's wellbeing, at a time when people are facing unprecedented challenges and are separated from each other.

Through safe conversations via phone, video conferencing, or any other socially distant method, people can bring comfort and take care of each other during the current tough times. National Conversation Week reminds the public to get in touch, and encourages creative ways to connect with:- friends, family, neighbours, acquaintances, online communities, and professionals, to give and receive much needed support.

In particular, National Conversation Week hopes to encourage conversations about money, to tackle financial worries. A recent YouGov study of over 1000 GB adults, commissioned by Paymentshield, revealed that finances were the single biggest concern when asked to select from a list of 7, with 32% of respondents admitting that money is the thing that worries them the most; ranking higher than work, family, friends, fitness, housework, and hobbies. This is likely to have increased following the outbreak of Coronavirus, with many people facing additional financial difficulty and uncertainty.

Financial worries have a huge impact on mental health, and talking to someone about the situation can be very helpful. Shockingly, Paymentshield's research discovered that 41% of people rarely ask for financial advice when they need it.

According to financial experts at Paymentshield, during periods of financial uncertainty, people tend to consider their outgoings and can be tempted to make risky financial decisions based purely on cost alone. Seeking the help of professionals is especially recommended during these periods, to avoid them being left vulnerable, for example if they cancel an insurance policy and are no longer protected, or swap to a cheaper policy without understanding how to avoid being stung by compulsory excess fees. National Conversation Week raises awareness of the benefits of talking to financial advisers, so that people can have a better understanding of what they can do if their circumstances have changed.

As part of the awareness week, free resources and information have been released. This includes mental health information from Mind, which is National Conversation Week's charity partner for the 2nd year in a row.

Stephen Buckley, Head of Information at Mind says:- "The Coronavirus outbreak will have a long term impact on our economy; we're likely to see another recession as the nation attempts to get back on its feet. We know there is a strong link between issues like debt, unemployment, poor housing and poor mental health. So, it stands to reason that factors like job insecurity, unemployment, low paid work and redundancy could have a knock on impact on mental health. Unfortunately, we know these kinds of factors disproportionately affect people who have existing mental health problems. That's why it's important that financial support and support with wider social issues are there for people when they need it. Speaking about these issues and asking for help may seem daunting, but sharing your worries can be a real relief and is often the first step in getting the help you need. We're supporting National Conversation Week in the hope that it will encourage people to speak to a friend, family member, or another trusted individual about how you're feeling."

Jennifer Ripley, Head of Marketing at Paymentshield, said:- "We might not be able to see each other face to face, but that doesn't mean that conversations have to stop. We know that right now is a particularly worrying and challenging time, especially with so much uncertainty, and whilst people are cut off from their usual support networks. It's more important than ever before that we stay in touch, especially when it comes to financial conversations. Money is one of the biggest contributors to poor mental health. We're calling on the nation to keep the conversation going; from video calls with a financial expert, to a chat with grandparents; and support each other."

Independent financial research company Defaqto is also supporting this year's National Conversation Week. Its independent comparison tool can be used alongside conversation to gain a better understanding of the overall value and quality of a financial product. To mark the start of the week, Paymentshield has also launched an online quiz to help people find out more about their financial personality, and how conversation could benefit them. The annual awareness week, founded by Paymentshield, is now in its fourth year. National Conversation Week 2020 takes place from 11 May to 17 May 2020.

For more information, resources and advice, or ways to get involved, visit:- NationalConversationWeek.Co.UK. For advice and support looking after your mental health at this time visit:- Mind.Org.UK/Coronavirus. For more information and tips visit:- Mind.Org.UK/Money.

Total UK cases COVID-19 cases - update for Liverpool City Region and surroundings

SINCE late January 2020 ongoing COVID-19 pandemic spread to the United Kingdom and we are still all at risk. This weekend the NHS has said:- "Thanks to your sacrifices, social distancing is working. But if we stop now, we risk increasing the spread of Coronavirus." On 9 Mat 2020, we learned that the number of Hospital patients that have died in the UK after testing positive for Coronavirus has risen by 346, taking the total now to 31,587. The Department of Health said the that number of COVID-19 infections has gone up by 3,896, taking the over all total to 215,260. In England, the number now stands at 134,975 confirmed cases, with the North West of England, having 22,148 of those confirmed cases. Current Hospital Laboratory confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-

► Liverpool, 1,504 confirmed cases.

► Sefton, 858 confirmed cases.

► Wirral, 1,105 confirmed cases.

► St. Helens, 696 confirmed cases.

► Halton, 343 confirmed cases.

► Lancashire, 3,119 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire West and Chester, 907 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire East, 1,018 confirmed cases.

► Manchester, 1,302 confirmed cases.

► Stockport, 951 confirmed cases.

► Trafford, 673 confirmed cases.

► Wigan, 962 confirmed cases.

► Bolton, 881 confirmed cases.

► Rochdale, 648 confirmed cases.

► Bury, 633 confirmed cases.

► Tameside, 531 confirmed cases.

► Oldham, 915 confirmed cases.

► Blackburn with Darwen, 357 confirmed cases.

These stats are according to Public Health England as of 09/05/2020. Last updated 4.06pm GMT. UK total includes cases detected through:- "Pillar 2" testing (tests carried out by commercial partners) and therefore does not equate to the sum of the 4 countries' counts, which only include:- "Pillar 1" (tests carried out by NHS / PHE / Devolved Administration Labs).. UK total includes cases detected through:- "Pillar 2" testing (tests carried out by commercial partners) and therefore does not equate to the sum of the 4 countries' counts, which only include:- "Pillar 1" (tests carried out by NHS / PHE / Devolved Administration Labs).

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