Health officials in Knowsley are reminding residents about the risk of spreading coronavirus.
A recent small increase in coronavirus cases in part of Huyton has served as a reminder that COVID-19 continues to pose a risk to everyone.
People may have COVID-19 without showing symptoms, meaning they could unwittingly spread the virus onto others, including their family, friends and other vulnerable members of the community.
That is why continuing to engage with simple but effective steps, such as adhering to social distancing, regular hand washing and wearing a face covering in public settings, is essential to preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Did you know? If you’ve been in close contact with someone who has tested positive (that’s being just within 2m of them for 15 minutes or more), you will need to self-isolate for 10 days. Even if you test negative, you still need to self-isolate. That’s because the virus can take this time to develop.
Meeting family and friends may be a priority for you, but it’s important that you stay alert and remember the guidance around meeting with people outside of your household – to protect not only yourself, but your family and those around you:-
- Only socialise indoors with members of up to 2 households ‒ this includes when dining out or going to the pub. Social distancing must also be maintained.
- Only socialise outdoors in a group of up to 6 people from different households or up to 2 households (anyone in your support bubble counts as one household). Again social distancing must be maintained.
- Limit social interaction with anyone outside the group you are attending a place with, even if you see other people you know, for example, in a restaurant, community centre or place of worship.
- Try to limit the number of people you see, especially over short periods of time, to keep you and them safe, and save lives. The more people with whom you interact, the more chances we give the virus to spread.
Dr Sarah McNulty, Director of Public Health for Knowsley, said:
“We must not become complacent about the dangers of coronavirus. It is possible to have the virus and not display symptoms, meaning you could spread it to friends or family without knowing. That is why it is important to respect the regulations around large gatherings and social distancing. We all have a part to play in looking after not only ourselves but those around us and in the wider community.”
Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, added:
“Coronavirus isn’t something that you can see or touch so you don’t know who may or may not have it. That’s why you need to keep your distance from others – not only protecting yourself but others around you. Everyone should now be embedding simple safety steps into their daily routine – maintain social distancing, continue to wash your hands regularly, stay at home where possible and wear a face covering where you are requested to, such as in shops. The only way we will eliminate coronavirus and return to normal life is by everyone playing their part and helping to stop the spread of the virus.”
If you are displaying symptoms of coronavirus, including a new, persistent cough, a high temperature, or a loss or change in your usual taste or smell, you should self-isolate and book a test at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.
Please note: This article was updated on 16 December 2020 to reflect the change in required self-isolation time, from 14 days to 10.