It’s the little things…

Like wearing a mask.

Living Safely with COVID-19

The Government has announced the next step in its Covid strategy, ‘Living with Covid’, and UKHSA is supporting it by providing advice to help people make informed decisions in order to live safely with Covid.

Although the restrictions are being removed, and most testing reduced, it is important to remember that the pandemic is not over. Residents should continue to follow the updated public health guidance to protect themselves and others, particularly those who may become seriously ill if infected with Covid-19.

To help us all live safely with Covid, and to protect the NHS, everyone needs to get their first, second and booster doses of the vaccine as soon as they are eligible, to make sure every one of us is as protected as possible.

While the vaccine is the best form of protection and vital to moving forward, even when vaccinated there’s still a chance you can catch the virus and pass it on.

One in three people with Covid have no symptoms. Most people catch Covid from those they spend most time with. That could be someone in your family, a friend or a workmate. And you could pass it onto them.

Updated guidance includes important and easy to follow healthy behaviours to help you avoid catching and spreading Covid, including

  • Let fresh air in if you meet indoors – meeting outdoors is safer
  • Consider wearing a face-covering in enclosed spaces
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Stay at home if you have any of the main symptoms of Covid-19

You are no longer legally required to self-isolate if you test positive with an LFD or PCR.

However, you are strongly advised to stay at home and avoid contact with others if you test positive or have symptoms.