LATEST COVID-19 VIRUS UPDATE
Due to the COVID-19 virus, it has been recommended by the government that changes will be required to be made to services across the country.
Healthy Lifestyles Isle of Wight services will run as follows:
Covid-19 is a virus that impacts the respiratory system, and quitting smoking can potentially reduce the risk of serious lung disease. With the latest advice from the Government, we are unable to provide face to face advice. We are pleased that we will provide a local Quitline support to anyone wanting to quit, depending upon demand we will extend this to evenings and weekends. In addition, over the past few years, we have been building our own Artificial Intelligence ‘Quit With Bella’ app which can also be downloaded on Android and iOS. Bella is a personal stop smoking coach, based on NCSCT/NICE guidelines, and is available 24/7 (www.quitwithbella.co.uk ). A key component to “Quit with Bella” is the Bella community, this will not only provide support from others but also our own team of smoking cessation advisors.
Our team can still be contacted as follows:
By telephone on 0800 999 1396 / 01983 642369
By completing our online referral available on our website by clicking here.
During this pandemic, it is important that we encourage physical activity and wellbeing. Being overweight can increase your risk of Covid-19 symptoms. For now, we have reduced the availability of our face-to-face classes and instead the classes are all available virtually via Microsoft Teams. In addition, residents across the Isle of Wight can use our free online ShapeUp4Life app.
Our app offer is accessible anytime, anywhere! This NICE compliant, multi-disciplinary programme builds upon our extensive knowledge and successes from years of delivering face to face weight management programmes at the heart of the community. The user-friendly platform supports clients to make changes to their lifestyle and behaviors in order to not only lose weight but keep it off long term.
Public Health England disparities review finds Black and Asian groups are likely to die of COVID-19
Public Health England has published its review of COVID-19 disparities, looking at how the impact of the disease varies according to ethnicity and other factors, such as age, sex, deprivation, occupation, and geography. A link to the full report can be found here.
The review found that:
- People of Bangladeshi ethnicity have around twice the risk of death as White British people.
- People of Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, Other Asian, Caribbean, and Other Black ethnicity had between 10 and 50% higher risk of death.
- Death rates in the most deprived areas are more than double those in the least deprived areas.
- People over 80 were seventy times more likely to die than those under 40.
- There was a strong regional pattern, with London showing the highest diagnoses and death rates.
The analysis was not able to account for other factors, such as comorbidities, occupation, and household composition. These are important, as there are high proportions of BAME workers in key occupations, and many from BAME groups tend to live in larger and multi-generational households, both of which can lead to higher risk of exposure to the virus.
It appears from the PHE analysis that the impact of COVID-19 follows a similar pattern to so many of the deeply ingrained public health challenges that we face – from morbid obesity to deaths from smoking. It is always the most vulnerable that are impacted by public health challenges, and that has a good deal to do with the environments and social determinants of health which people face.
Here at Solutions 4 Health we will continue to both provide and develop innovative, sustainable lifestyle and clinical services that improve healthcare for all, especially those who experience inequitable health outcomes.
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