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Government releases guidance for Living with COVID-19 from April

by Guy Murphy

From Friday 1 April further changes to COVID-19 testing and guidance will come into effect for those living in England.

General Living with COVID-19 advice

  • From 1 April it is advised that anyone testing positive with COVID-19 should try to remain at home and avoid contact with others for 5 days as this when they are most infectious
  • For those testing positive who need to leave their home, it is advised they avoid contact with others especially those most vulnerable, and it is advised they wear a face covering in crowded places
  • Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home, avoid contact with other people and return to school, college or childcare settings when they no longer feel unwell and no longer have a high temperature.

The best way of protecting yourself against the virus is to get vaccinated. If you’ve not had the vaccine yet, it’s not too late and if you’re still waiting on your 2nd or booster doses, get them done as soon as you can. You can find your nearest clinic online at www.gov.uk/coronavirus or call 119. You can also book an appointment with your GP.

To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, you should continue to follow the preventative measures we introduced over the last two years. We know that they work. This includes:

  • Limiting contact with others and staying at home if you have symptoms, or test positive
  • Regular hand washing
  • Wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces
  • Continue to keep rooms well ventilated
  • Meet outdoors rather than indoors wherever possible
  • Carry a tissue to catch coughs and sneezes – bin the tissue immediately

Testing

Free COVID-19 tests for the general public will end on Friday 1 April. Knowsley residents are advised to order packs of LFT tests ahead of Friday.

Knowsley Council testing staff will be handing out boxes of tests from the Community Testing Sites in Huyton, Halewood, Kirkby and Prescot while stocks last. More information available here.

Free symptomatic testing will continue to be provided for:

  • Patients in hospital where testing is required to carry out care to enable treatments and to support clinical surveillance for new variants.
  • Those eligible for community treatments at a higher risk. This group will continue to be supplied with LFT directly to their home.
  • People living and working in high-risk settings, e.g. adult social care services, care home residents, NHS and hospice staff, prisons, places of detention. Any places where infection needs to be identified quickly to minimise outbreaks.

Asymptomatic lateral flow testing will continue from April in some high-risk settings where infection can spread rapidly:

  • Patient facing staff in the NHS
  • NHS independent Healthcare providers,
  • Staff in hospices,
  • Adult social care services
  • Care homes and homecare organisation
  • A small number of care home visitors who provide personal care
  • Prisons and places of detention
  • Domestic abuse refuges and homelessness settings

In addition to the above, testing will be provided for residential Special Educational Needs and / or Disabilities (SEND), care home staff and residents during an outbreak and for residents upon admission. This will also include prisons and immigration removal centres.

For full details visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus