The government has officially advised that members of the public avoid all non-essential travel and group gatherings due to coronavirus.

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There are likely to be developments as things continue to change.

Look after each other

Follow official advice, particularly if you feel unwell. But also remember that it’s easy to check in on neighbours, friends and family - and others in your community at risk of feeling isolated – without physical proximity or contact.

Send messages, pick up the phone, send letters, leave gifts on people’s doorsteps. You can show your support for local and small businesses by checking in on them on social media – maybe even buying gift vouchers for use when things begin to return to normal. And while it is important to refrain from panic-buying, if you are able to buy a little more food than usual don’t forget that your local food bank need donations more than ever.

Check up on the most vulnerable

Health officials have been clear that older people and people who have compromised immune systems or pre-existing health conditions are more susceptible to very serious illness if they contract the coronavirus. Official advice is to avoid close physical contact with those more vulnerable to illness – but there are a number of ways to offer help.

For example, if coronavirus has given you a newfound understanding of what being isolated feels like, and if you are well, you might want to focus on reaching out to the older people in your community.

According to the Office of National Statistics, Rhondda, Cynon Taf has over 45,000 people over the age of 65, with over 13,000 pensioners living alone. 21% of households in RCT are pensioner households while 17% of households comprise of single people under the age of 65.

1 in 3 people in Wales over the age of 65 live alone, and this figure increases to 1 in 2 of the over 85s.

We know that people over 75 years of age, who live alone, struggle to reach out to others, even when the going is good, so please take care of your older community members.

If you need advice or are worried please contact Age Cymru

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