The rules and restrictions around Covid have been many and varied over the last two years. Now all Covid restrictions have come to an end in England, but as we learn to live alongside the virus in the North East, there are many things we can all do on an ongoing basis to minimise the impact of the virus on our lives. Here’s how:
1. Get all recommended doses of the vaccine
Vaccination is still the best form of defence against the virus. Please ensure you have all recommended doses of the vaccine. It means you are far less likely to experience severe illness or hospitalisation.
Visit the NHS website for details of of how to book a vaccination - there are many walk-in and pop-up clinics in your local areas, or contact your GP surgery for more information. It’s never too late to get vaccinated (your first, second or third/booster dose) and you don’t need to wait for an appointment - get in touch via the NHS website or your GP.
3. Wear a face covering in crowded places
Although wearing a face covering is no-longer a legal requirement in England, it is suggested that you continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with other people you do not normally meet. Get into the habit of keeping a spare face covering in your bag, car or pocket so you’re never caught short, and remember to wash reusable face coverings regularly.
4. Keep Your Distance
Help stop the spread of the virus by keeping your distance. If you can, limit the number of people you meet and avoid crowded places. Make the most of spring and summer in the region by catching up with friends and family outside. When meeting people inside, ensure to open doors and windows to let in fresh air.
5. Clean your hands often
Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser gel regularly throughout the day. Keeping up good hand hygiene is an effective way to reduce your risk of catching the virus. Get into the habit of keeping sanitiser gel in your bag, car or pocket so it’s to hand when you’re out and about.
Follow these simple steps to help keep infection rates low, our communities and loved ones safe and our health and social care services strong.