CSF-Languedoc Important Information Regarding Covid-19

Support to members and others

CSF-Languedoc is conscious that many members may be feeling worried or isolated, so our Active Listeners are at your service.

  • CSF-L continues to support Anglophones touched by cancer in the Hérault and Aveyron, as well as extending support to people touched by Covid-19 for the duration of the crisis. In line with confinement requirements, this is done at distance.
  • If you would appreciate someone to listen to your concerns or perhaps you would just like to have a chat with a friend, please do call our helpline on 04 67 44 87 06. We will call you back as soon as possible.
  • We are also offering the services of our translators if people receive information in French that they don’t understand.

CSF National is extending its support beyond those touched by cancer to vulnerable members of the wider anglophone community. Details of how they can help and how to contact them are here: https://www.connexionfrance.com/French-news/Charity-to-help-isolated-English-speakers-in-France

If you have information about the local situation you think may be useful to others please email: feedback.csflanguedoc@gmail.com

Official announcements and regulations

We have summarised all the ministerial announcements in a note here: official announcements.

This note lists all the changes to the confinement rules before and after May 11th: Government planning and information

  • Please be sure to check the ‘last updated date’ at the top of all our notes.

Information sources

If you are looking for information in English, you should be aware that the French government’s page has an English option, but this is not updated as frequently as the French version.

We have collected together an extensive list of useful links here: information sources.

Latest information

If you have information about the local situation you think may be useful to others please let us know.  Our dedicated email address for this is: feedback.csflanguedoc@gmail.com.

  • Keeping up your morale during the lock down: It is important to keep ourselves motivated and active while confined at home. We have updated our suggestions to help with this here: staying motivated.
  • How to reduce the risks of catching Covid-19: While a lot is still being learned about the way the Covid-19 virus acts, there are some known factors that help individuals and groups to better understand and manage the risks of spreading or catching the virus. Here is a detailed analysis of factors likely to increase risks in a study looking at research into other coronaviruses and Covid-19: https://www.erinbromage.com/post/the-risks-know-them-avoid-them A summary of the key findings of the study together with ARS Occitanie recommendations for hygiene at home can be found
  • How to obtain treatment during the pandemic:  Good quality care continues to be available, in particular for emergencies. We have produced a guidance note on how to contact the health services, how to use Doctolib for online video consultations and how to obtain emergency dental treatment: Getting treatment
  • Wearing a mask: The Académie Nationale de Médecine has updated its guidance on the wearing of masks, with a strong recommendation that the general public should wear masks when outside of the home.  We have provided guidance on wearing masks together with links to sites for making DIY masks: using a mask
  • The Connexion and Languedoc Living are good sources of information in English about the current situation. If you haven’t already subscribed to their free newsletters, you can do so here:- https://www.connexionfrance.com/
    – https://www.languedocliving.com/
  • Map of departments – Covid-19: In order to make informed decisions, please stay up to date with the French Government’s map showing whether departments are rated as green or red in terms of Covid-19 viral circulation, hospital capacity and testing capacity.https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus/carte-et-donnees#activite-epidemique

Fake news and scams

We all need to take care to validate any information we receive from non-official sources, no matter how helpful or genuine it seems. Emails claiming to quote authoritative sources are often false and it is fairly simple to check online before forwarding on to others.

Criminals are exploiting fears over the pandemic with 1000s of scams being detected, some costing their victims life changing losses.

We have updated our guidance notes with information on the types of scams now being pushed and the steps you can take to reduce your vulnerability:  fake news and scams

If you receive something and would like us to check its validity, or want to share the information with others, please contact us using the email address we have reserved for Covid-19 feedback: feedback.csflanguedoc@gmail.com

Shopping and travel

You no longer need to have the official attestation with you providing you travel no further than 100km radius from your home and remain within your own department. If you travel outside of your department, you need an official attestation regardless of distance. 

Keeping up your morale during the lock down

It is important to keep ourselves motivated and active while confined at home. In particular staying in touch with family and friends and staying active. With all the support and services online these days, we don’t have any excuse to be isolated or bored.

We have collected together our suggestions and your feedback here: staying motivated.

Our April Newsletter also contained many suggestions. You can down load it here.

Please let us know what you are doing so we can share useful tips in future bulletins.

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