GP's in Jersey are sending out thousands of rescue packs to patients for them to use if they develop the symptoms of coronavirus.
They will include an advice sheet as well as a prescription for antibiotics, steroids or an inhaler with a spacer depending on the patients conditions.
So far 17,000 islanders have been selected to receive the packs.
They will be sent to:
People over the age of 80
People with respiratory problems
People with cardiovascular problems
It follows the advice of Dr Ivan Muscat who recommended that GP's work to reduce the chance of patients developing a secondary bacterial pneumonia.
If we can reduce the chance of a secondary bacterial pneumonia then hopefully we can reduce the risk to people.
So everyone we hope with a long term condition will be receiving a letter and in that will be a prescription for these drugs and the important thing above all is that they are to be held in reserve. They are there for when the symptoms of coronavirus develop at which time we can advise you further together with written explanations of what you need to do.