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There is a new home page section on the Corona Virus/COVID-19 situation below. We will keep this updated as circumstances change. Here's a link

As you were informed by a recent Email the March Members' Meeting has been cancelled because of concerns about the spread of the Corona Virus.


Why not join U3A Dénia now. We have a range of over thirty specialist groups, ranging from Card playing groups, Backgammon, Mahjong groups, some gym based groups, Petanque, a Quiz group, Genealogy, a Discussion Group and three Walking Groups for members to enjoy.
Our monthly meetings are held every third Thursday of the month, starting at 11am and feature a speaker, updates from Group Leaders and news of relevance to the members.

We also have a fortnightly Drop-In coffee morning at the Cafe Soles Restaurant. Come along and introduce yourself and join in the interesting conversation. The next gathering is 14th March 2020 at 11:30am - come along and introduce yourself and meet your new president and secretary. If you wish to pay for membership or travel, please bring your barcoded membership card to speed up the process. Membership subscriptions are due before the end of March and up to now only about half of he members who paid last year have done so this year!

Phil
Webmaster

Corona Virus


Email from British Embassy


Dear All,
I hope everyone is keeping safe and healthy in these difficult times we find ourselves in. Apologies for the rather mammoth update, but I wanted to make sure you had all the information that might be useful. If there are other things you would like more content on, please let me know and I will do my best to help.
As you know, all our latest information is here and here and we would be grateful if you could share and cross post links as appropriate. The Q&A document that is pinned to the top of our Facebook page is kept updated and is a useful place to refer any visitors that may be coming to you for information.
Specifically for tourists trying to return to the UK:
The Spanish authorities have published a list of hotels and short-stay accommodation that will remain open during the state of emergency. You can view the list at . (No need to wade through the whole document – the list is at the end).
We are publishing an updated list of flights leaving for the UK each day on our social media channels. They are becoming increasingly limited, so we do urge people who want to return to take the first flight available and to be flexible about their destination airport.
To drive back through France, the French authorities require that you fill in a declaration to explain your reason for travel. You should also have evidence of your onward travel plan (i.e. ferry/rail ticket). Please check our travel advice page for France for the latest information. If you do not have access to the printer, you can write the declaration by hand.https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/france and we have produced the attached document, which people should print (if they can) or show on their phone.
Driving
We know the rules around driving during the state of emergency have been causing some confusion. Here is our latest information on this:
1. You should not be making unnecessary journeys. If you need to go somewhere there should be one person only per vehicle, unless you are accompanied by someone with a disability, a minor, an elderly person or for another justifiable cause. Whilst we cannot specify what would be considered justifiable, some of you have asked us ab...out driving a partner to a hospital or other medical appointment. We cannot guarantee that this would be accepted, but should you choose to make this journey we recommend that the passenger sits in the back behind the front passenger seat and that you carry documentation showing the purpose of your journey.
2. The Interior Ministry and Policia Local have confirmed that cars and minivans carrying families/groups of passengers is permitted, as long as the purpose of the journey is to return to your country of residence. All passengers should carry their passports, proof of where they live and evidence of their onward journey (e.g. ferry booking). Please refer to our previous posts on the need for a declaration to drive through France and the letter from the British Embassy that you can use.
3. You should take public transport or taxi to the airport, rather than being driven by friends. If you are travelling as a family you may be required to take separate taxis. Some taxi companies will only take customers wearing face masks. Please check at the time of booking.
Healthcare
NB. Please be aware that this advice/procedure may change day-to-day as the health authorities put new triage systems in place.
For Visitors
If you are temporarily in Spain and you need to see the doctor, please be reassured that the UK EHIC is still valid for the rest of 2020 and will cover you for any necessary treatment, including prescriptions. You can get renewals by contacting the nearest healthcare centre to you. Due to Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, you must follow the advice of local authorities, comply with self-isolation, testing or quarantine requirements. Please see here for details on gov.uk and here for further information from the Spanish authorities. The latest UK health advice is here.
If you don’t have a UK EHIC and think you are entitled to one, please call NHS BSA 00 44 191 218 1999 for a replacement. When you call NHS BSA, you will need the email address of the closest Spanish healthcare centre. Your replacement EHIC will be emailed there.

For Residents
If you are currently registered within the Spanish healthcare System, you will continue to have access to healthcare as you do now.
1. I have been issued with an S1 form but I have not been able to register it. How can I get medical care?
If you have been issued with an S1 form and registered for residency, but you have not been able to register it with the INSS (Spanish Social Security), then please email the Healthcare Team at healthcare.spain@fco.gov.uk They will help you process your application electronically
If you have been issued with an S1 form but you have not been able to register for residency, you can use your EHIC to access any necessary care, including prescriptions. If you don’t have a UK EHIC, please call NHS BSA 00 44 191 218 1999 for a replacement. When you call NHS BSA, you will need the email address of the closest Spanish healthcare centre. Your replacement EHIC will be emailed there.
2. I am entitled to Spanish healthcare cover because I am a permanent resident. I haven’t processed my paperwork yet.
Please email the Healthcare Team at healthcare.spain@fco.gov.uk They will help you process your application electronically.
3. I am entitled to Spanish healthcare cover because I am a dependent on someone who is registered with the social security system. I haven’t processed my paperwork yet.
Please email the Healthcare Team at healthcare.spain@fco.gov.uk They will help you process your application electronically.
Residency
Questions from UKNs who live in Spain but who are currently in the UK
- All borders are currently closed to enter Spain, except for Spanish nationals, Spanish residents (ie those with the green residency certificate), frontier workers and those who can prove they need to enter for essential reasons. We cannot guarantee that anyone not in possession of the residency certificate will be allowed entry and would advise them to stay in the UK until the situation changes.
Questions from UKNs in Spain who are not yet resident, but intend to be
- Due to the emergency measures currently in place in Spain due to COVID-19, all residency appointments at immigration offices and national police stations have been cancelled. It is therefore not possible to register as resident at this time
- UK nationals who live in Spain but who do not currently possess a residency document will be able to obtain this document once the restrictions are lifted and appointments resume. Please see link for further information
- If the person is worried about securing their residency rights due to Brexit: Please be assured that as long as a UKN is legally living in Spain by the end of this year, they will fall under the Withdrawal Agreement and enjoy the rights that this protects for as long as they remain resident in Spain. Anyone who doesn’t currently have a residency document should take steps to obtain this once the emergency restrictions are lifted and appointments resume (signpost to same place as above and to here
- If a person is worried that they have overstayed their time in Spain – reassure them that the 90 in 180 day rule does not take effect until 1 January 2021. UK nationals still enjoy freedom of movement rights for the remainder of this year. They should check that their extended stay does not have implications for their travel or health insurance cover, but the most important thing is that they stay safe.
And finally, our consulates remain open, but are only able to see people by appointment. As you can imagine, they are hugely busy right now and so any support that you can give in helping make sure that both residents and visitors have the latest information is hugely appreciated.
Letter for visitors traveling home
All the very best,
Debbi

What you can and can't do in the state of emergency


The following link shows a list of does and don't during the state of emergency (Estado de Alarma)
State of Emergency

Message from the British Ambassador


The British ambassador has shared a video with British nationals who are resident or tourists in Spain.

Meetings


As you will all know we have cancelled the March Members' Meeting because of issues related to the Corona VIrus and COVID-19 in Spain. We have received the following from the British Consulate. Although they were still prepared to speak to our meeting we decided that since many of our members are in the most at risk age group it was sensible to cancel any indoor meetings of a large number of people. We ate also considering whether to reschedule any travel group trips involving coach transport as these also present a high risk of spreading the virus.

Message from the British Consulate


Dear all

Further to yesterday’s message here is some more information as to why we have postponed our events:

Given the fast-moving situation with regard to Coronavirus in Spain, we have decided to err on the side of caution and postpone all our physical outreach events until further notice.

This follows the advice from Spanish health authorities to avoid unnecessary journeys and limit meetings in the region of Madrid and Avala in the Basque Country.

We will aim to reschedule these events as soon as we can, once the situation becomes clearer.

We will set up a Facebook Live event to respond to questions from UK Nationals before the end of March and we apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Our travel advice for Spain can be found here, and we continue to update it regularly. https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain

I will keep you posted as soon as we are in a position to arrange the outreach and other events again.

Warmest regards to you all

Michaela

Michaela Robinson | Consular assistant | Alicante

Emergency telephone number for suspected coronavirus in Comunidad Valenciana:


900 300 555

The PROTOCOL is to call this number, if you have symptoms and think that you may be infected.
DO NOT go to the Emergency Department or local hospital centers, where you would transmit the virus to other people with other pathologies. When this number is called, they will conduct a survey and if it is positive, they will tell you how to act and send someone to take tests. Share this with your contacts.

Prevention is better than cure


Common sense for the good of all of us...

Virus Detection:

The simplest way to distinguish Coronavirus from a Common Cold is that the COVID-19 infection does not cause a cold nose or cough with cold, but it does create a dry and rough cough.

The virus is typically first installed in the throat causing inflammation and a feeling of dryness. This symptom can last between 3 and 4 days.

The virus typically then travels through the moisture present in the airways, goes down to the trachea and installs in the lungs, causing pneumonia that lasts about 5 or 6 days.

Pneumonia manifests with a high fever and difficulty breathing. The Common Cold is not accompanied, but there may be a choking sensation. In this case, the doctor should be called immediately.

Experts suggest doing this simple verification every morning: Breathe in deeply and hold your breath for 10 seconds. If this can be done without coughing, without difficulty, this shows that there is no fibrosis in the lungs, indicating the absence of infection. It is strongly recommended to do this control every morning.

Prevention:

The virus hates heat and dies if it is exposed to temperatures greater than 80°F (27°C). Therefore hot drinks such as infusions, broths or simply hot water should be consumed abundantly during the day. These hot liquids kill the virus and are easy to ingest.

Avoid drinking ice water or drinks with ice cubes.

Ensure that your mouth and throat are always wet, never DRY. You should drink a sip of water at least every 15 minutes. WHY?

Even when the virus enters water or other liquids through the mouth, it will get flushed through the oesophagus directly into the stomach where gastric acids destroy the virus. If there is not enough water, the virus can pass into the trachea and from there to the lungs, where it is very dangerous.

For those who can sunbathe. The Sun's UV rays kill the virus and vitamin D is good for you.

The Coronavirus has a large size (diameter of 400-500 nanometers) so any face mask can stop it, no special face masks are needed in daily life.

If an infected person sneezes near us, stay 10 feet (3.3 meters) away to allow the virus to fall to the ground and prevent it from falling on you.

When the virus is on hard surfaces, it survives about 12 hours, therefore when hard surfaces such as doors, appliances, railings, etc. are touched.

Hands should be washed thoroughly and/or sanitized with an effective sanitizer

The virus can live nested in clothes and tissues between 6 and 12 hours. Common detergents can kill it. Things that cannot be washed should be exposed to the Sun and the virus will die.

The transmission of the virus usually occurs by direct infection, touching fabrics, tissues or materials on which the virus is present.

Washing /sanitizing your hands is essential.

The virus survives on our hands for only about 10 minutes. In that time many things can happen, rubbing the eyes, touching the nose or lips.

This allows the virus to enter your throat. Therefore, for your good and the good of all, wash/sanitize your hands very often

You can gargle with disinfectant solutions (i.e. Listerine or Hydrogen Peroxide) that eliminate or minimize the amount of virus that can enter the throat.

Doing so removes the virus before it goes down to the trachea and then to the lungs.

Sanitize things touched often: hands, cellphone, keyboard, mouse, car steering wheel, door handles, etc



Help with website and Email problems


We continue to improve and update our website and Email system to make it more appealing and informative and to comply with regulations that are in force. Please click here to update yourself with more details.

Several members appear to have accidentally unsubscribed from the Email system. I cannot reinstate youbecause of the rules of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). If you follow this link it will guide you through the process to resubscribe.

The GDPR allows Emails users to limit the Email they receive but unfortunately it is quite easy to unsubscribe accidentally. Please look at the link for a description of how it can happen.


WEBSITE ISSUES
Some time ago our website host provider made a major update to the database that supports our website. Most of the resulting issues have been fixed but occasionally one will pop up that has not yet been found. We are effectively relying on you the users to test some of the less used features.If something unexpected occurs please let the Webmaster know via Email supplying as much information as you can on the error and how it occurred. A screenshot would be welcome.

LOGGING IN
If you have trouble logging in, try getting a new password by clicking the forgotten password link on the bottom left of the home page.
If you click this link and follow the on screen instructions you will be sent a new password to your registered Email address. The system sends out mail a few minutes after the hour so you may have to wait for the password to arrive.
Unfortunately I cannot change your password and it is encrypted so I cannot tell you what it is if you have forgotten it.
In the interests of security you will automatically be connected to the secure home page https://www.u3adenia.com/ so that your passwords are encrypted when they are sent. If this causes any problems, please email me at Webmaster

BROWSER ISSUES
If you are using the Apple Safari browser you may have problems with the U3A Dénia website and I would suggest Chrome or Firefox browsers which don’t show this problem. I am trying to resolve the Safari problem with our service provider.

EMAIL ISSUES
External Email provider, MailChimp
Owing to problems with the website Email server, mainly related to spam or unwanted Email, when sending Emails to all members we are now using an external provider, MailChimp, for these mass Emails. The new Emails are more colourful and informative.
The service will only send one email per registered Email address so if two members share the same Email address they will only get one Email. Only members who are up to date with subscriptions are included in the list. The MailChimp database is updated when I complete the membership application for new members.This server is only used for mass Emails to all members. We still use the internal mail server for Emails targeted on a smaller number of members, for example information to those members going on a travel group trip, as this is integrated with our website internal database.
GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations)
You will see the acronym GDPR often with respect to Emails. This is a protocol introduced by the EU to, among other things, try to prevent you from receiving unwanted Emails. We comply with the requirements of the GDPR, both with our internal Email server and via our external mass Email provider. This mainly affects you with respect to unsubscribing from Emails.

External Email provider, MailChimp
If you choose to unsubscribe on the MailChimp Emails there is a link at the bottom of the Email with which you may unsubscribe. You will thenceforth receive no more mass Emails from us.
If you accidentally unsubscribe from MailChimp please Email me and I will send you a link to resubscribe or you can use this link. I can no longer resubscribe for you , this is required by MailChimp.Please click here for a step-by-step procedure to resubscribe.

Internal Email server
Unsubscribing from MailChimp will only stop mass Emails to all members from reaching you, more targeted Emails from the internal server will not be affected. If you wish to unsubscribe from these Emails, click unsubscribe and your Email address will be removed. If you wish to resubscribe, please send me and Email from the Email address on which you want to receive them explicitly telling me that you want to receive targetted Emails from our internal server and I will add that Email address to our database and send a reply confirming what I have done.

Other Email problems
If you have not unsubscribed but are not receiving Emails from us it may be your spam filter intercepting the mail. Please add info@u3adenia.com to your contacts which will often prevent the spam filter operating on our Email address. Unfortunately info in an Email address does trigger some spam filters. In any case, please check your spam/junk mail folder from time to time in case anything gets there by mistake.
Other website issues
If you have any other issues with the website please email me at Webmaster


RESUBSCRIBING
When you unsubscribed you may have seen the following screen.


If not, don't worry, it does not always appear.
You should have clicked this link to resubscribe. What follows is a step-by-step description of what should happen. If anything goes wrong or doesn't follow this sequence, please Email me at Webmaster.
The first screen you will see is


I have filled this one in as the webmaster. Don’t forget to check the Email box under Marketing Permissions. Now click Subscribe and you should see the following screen. This screen asks you to click the "I'm not a robot" check box.


A spinning icon will appear and then a green tick as shown in the next screen.


Now click on the "Subscribe" button and you should get a confirmation screen to say that you have resubscribed successfully.


Good luck!


ACCIDENTALLY UNSUBSCRIBING
The picture below shows the bottom of our Emails. If you accidentally click or tap the link circled in yellow you will be unsubscribed and then have to resubscribe yourself as explained above. The link circled in green allows you to change your Email preferences. It's best to not update your Email preferences unless you know what you are doing.