That’s the latest message from Knowsley Council as we start to head into the winter months when historically a number of winter illnesses start to set in.
A well as seasonal flu, this year is different as we also have COVID-19 to contend with. The virus hasn’t gone away and residents are reminded to play their part to stop the spread of the virus.
Taking a number of small steps will protect not only yourself, but those around you and importantly, the NHS which experiences extreme pressure at this time of year.
The advice reiterates many behaviours that have become embedded into our everyday lives. This includes:-
- Regularly wash your hands with hot water and soap for at least 20 seconds.
- Carry a tissue to catch coughs and sneezes (discard of the tissue immediately and then wash your hands).
- If you are meeting people that you don’t live with, ensure the rooms are well ventilated (this includes at home and at work).
- Consider others – some people may still prefer to wear a face covering (or for you to wear one if you’re in close contact with someone) or for you to keep your distance, so please respect others wishes.
- The COVID-vaccination, along with regular (twice weekly) testing, remain our best defence again the virus. If you haven’t yet been vaccinated (for COVID or flu), contact your GP.
- Remember if you test positive for COVID-19, you must self-isolate for 10 days from the date your developed symptoms (or from the date you tested positive if you didn’t have any symptoms).
Cllr Christine Bannon, Cabinet Member for Health, said “We know that the winter months are hard on everyone as common winter illnesses appear and spread. Coughs, colds, sneezes, stomach upsets and pneumonia are unfortunately common winter illnesses. But, we now also have COVID-19 in the mix too as it hasn’t gone away.
“It’s also a particularly challenging time for our NHS, particularly in our hospitals when admissions significantly increased.
“Everyone can play their part to help to protect not themselves, their loved ones and those around us as well as our NHS.
“Vaccination and testing are our best defence against COVID-19, but other behaviours such as regular hand washing, considering others and ensuring rooms are well ventilated will also help in our fight against COVID-19.
“Let’s all play our part and help to keep Knowsley safe.”