Keeping Safe as Lockdown Restrictions Ease

It's hard to believe that we have now been navigating our way through the coronavirus pandemic for over a year now. I remember first hearing about the virus towards the end of 2019 yet never believed so much would change and so quickly too. From the first rumblings on the news of a new virus to toilet paper and food shortages in the shops, to social distancing and strict lockdowns- it has been a difficult and often painful journey with many families sadly losing loved ones along the way. 

In England, lockdown restrictions are now beginning to ease. The vaccine rollout seems to have been having an impact on hospitalisations and the death rate is also falling. As Covid-19 case rates have dropped, this suggests that we may still be on track for the next stage of lockdown easing. But it's important to remember that we're not out the woods yet and that Covid-19 still poses a risk. As restrictions lift over the next few weeks and months, there are still ways to keep safe and to protect yourself. 

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Enjoy Outdoors
Meeting friends outdoors is safer than meeting indoors as fresh air dispels and dilutes the virus. It helps to evaporate any liquid droplets that the virus is carried in. Ultraviolet light from the sun can also kill the virus.

Keeping a safe distance from those that are not in your household bubble is also effective at reducing transmission rates. Avoiding direct contact and face to face contact with other people helps reduce the risk of the virus spreading. 

Washing your hands and using hand sanitiser regularly is important as the virus may be present on surfaces that others have touched or that may have come into contact with water droplets containing the virus. You should also make sure that you cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing and wash your hands afterwards, to prevent the virus spreading. 

Face masks are required by law in some settings unless you are exempt. It's advisable to wear face masks when indoors if social distancing is difficult or where you may come into contact with groups of people. 

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If you experience symptoms, it's important to self isolate and get a Covid test. If you test positive, this means that those you have had close contact with can be contacted and can be advised to self isolate. Many schools and workplaces require you to test regularly with lateral flow tests. They help to find cases of asymptomatic people who may still be spreading the virus to others. 

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