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#AskDrH: Dr Hilary answers your coronavirus questions

Question 1: Are people leaving it too late to contact 111 if they have symptoms?

Dr. Hilary: "The answer to the question is when you call for further help is, if you're at home with symptoms of a dry new persistent cough and a high temperature for several days you hope within that seven days, or 14 days, if it takes that long that you start to feel much better and the temperature drops. Now, it didn't happen in the Prime Minister's case, he would've started to feel breathless and struggling to breathe and at that point, that's where we're asking people to contact NHS 111 online or call 111 and if necessary, if you're really finding it difficult to cope at home and breathing is becoming a real problem you call 999, that's when you do it."

Question 2: How do you switch off to sleep if you are working on the frontline?

Dr. Hilary: "This is really tough, they're fighting it on the frontline and they're bringing their work home with them and they need to make sense out of what they have seen and experienced during the day. They are emotionally charged as well as physically drained, it's harder for them. They need to remember, if they can, to have a little bit of exercise at the right time of the day to offset those stress hormones, do some meditation, some deep muscular relaxation where you just give yourself time to lie-down relax your muscles, meditate about positive things, keep things in perspective, they will have chronic fatigue as they go through this but they'll come out the other side."

Question 3: "I'm a hay fever sufferer, how am I supposed to tell the difference between coronavirus symptoms or the usual hay fever symptoms?"

Dr. Hilary: "The interesting thing about hay fever is that it doesn't give you a fever, whereas coronavirus often can. One of the cardinal symptoms to look for with coronavirus is a fever over 38 degrees and a dry persistent cough which is new, for you. So if you’ve got those two symptoms you need to self-isolate. Hay fever is coming in now people are getting a bunged up nose, that isn’t a symptom of coronavirus. So if you haven’t got the two cardinal symptoms a cough, which is new and a fever, then you carry on as normal."

Question 4: "Can I still push my neighbour to the local shop in his wheelchair? We live in the same apartment block but not the same household."

Dr. Hilary: "It's close contact of course. We don’t know the reason for the person being in a wheelchair, you have to look at whether he’s in a vulnerable or an at-risk group if he’s not in either of those there is no reason why they can’t go together to the shop. However, if he is one of those groups he should really be getting deliveries brought to him without going to the shop at all."

Michael Gove leads messages of support for Boris Johnson

Michael Gove said he was shaken to hear his friend and colleague Boris Johnson had been taken into intensive care yesterday.

Joining Piers and Susanna on Good Morning Britain, Gove revealed that it was a huge shock to hear Johnson had been admitted to ICU as his condition worsened.

After questions over who would be running the country while Johnson recovered, Gove confirmed the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab would be chairing the 'important meetings' today.

He also offered a deep message of support to his colleague in the hope that he would make a full recovery.

Scottish Chief Medical Officer made a 'big mistake' - Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon says the former Scottish Chief Medical Officer Catherine Calderwood made a big mistake by breaking coronavirus lockdown rules.

Dr Calderwood stepped down after being found to have broken the lockdown advice she was giving by visiting her second home in Fife.

It came to light that Calderwood had travelled to her holiday home on two separate occasions and she resigned from her post after apologising at a press conference.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Calderwood could not carry on in her position after undermining the public advice the government was giving.

'Coronavirus felt like I had razors in my throat' - Matt Hancock promises 100,000 tests a day

Matt Hancock reaffirmed his promise to deliver 100,000 coronavirus tests a day by the end of this month.

The Health Secretary confirmed the government has pledged to test 100,000 people a day by the end of April but first it needs to validate the legitimacy of the tests.

Hancock repeated the phrase heard from several government ministers that 'no test is better than a bad test'.

He said that he has already had to refuse to purchase a number of tests because they have failed to pass regulations for accuracy.