A MUM with health problems has thanked her daughter's school for kindly sending her a parcel of essential items while she 'self isolates' during the coronavirus outbreak.

To prevent the spread of the coronavirus the NHS advises the public to stay at home for seven days if they have either a high temperature or a new, continuous cough.

Allie Hudson, a mum from Worcester, who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis is self isolating on medical advice. Ms Hudson said her condition attacks the lungs, putting her in a vulnerable category and more at risk if contracts coronavirus.

Ms Hudson said: "The Doctors receptionist told me to isolate due to having a runny nose and a sore throat."

"I am finding it hard to get toilet rolls and hand sanitizer for delivery with my shopping, I need sanitizer for when I inject."

"Ms Hudson said: "My daughter's school Tudor Grange Academy called me to see if they could help. They are sending a small parcel including toilet roll which I'm very thankful for."

"On isolating, I didn't go out much before due to me living on the top floor of a maisonette. I find the stairs difficult but it does get boring. That's where the radio, television and internet comes in."

Ms Hudson said: "My daughter is worried. She's even said 'Mum I don't want to lose you.'"

After advice issued by health officials, many are 'self isolating' after news of the coronavirus.

There are currently six confirmed cases of coronavirus in Worcestershire.

Alex George, from Bishampton near Pershore, has been advised to self isolate as he has been feeling unwell with a high temperature and a dry cough.

As he is self employed as a control panel engineer, he is not entitled to statutory sick pay.

Mr George, 24 said: "My partner and I are currently looking to buy a property, so I'm lucky in the sense that this has happened before getting a mortgage, as if I did have a mortgage to pay for now, I would definitely be more financially stressed. At the moment I have the security of living at home with my parents.

"But as I'm self employed, I've so far missed out on a week's worth of wages."

Mr George said he is following advice to protect others: "I have elderly grandparents who are most at risk, but also as I currently work with a small company of people, the effect of this virus could be financially harmful to them as well, not just physically."