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Keep COVID safe and help stop the spread

by Guy Murphy

Cases of COVID-19 are on the rise, with the latest data from the Office for National Statistics showing an increase in cases in the North West, and nationally.

Although there are no longer restrictions in place, it is still important that we all take steps to stop the spread of the virus and protect ourselves and those around us. Remember, there are still those in our community who vulnerable.

Protecting yourself and others does not mean that you cannot enjoy all of the things you love to do. Just following some basic behaviours and being considerate to others can help reduce the risk of caching or spreading the virus.

These behaviours include:

  • 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

If you do have symptoms of COVID-19 (a loss of taste or smell, fever or a new persistent cough) or test positive, it is advised that you stay at home, where possible, and limit your contact with others.

There is no legal requirement for you to stay at home if you have symptoms or test positive, however by limiting your contact with others you can reduce the risk of spreading the virus and help protect others.

Adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice is 3 days.

Getting vaccinated

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself from the virus. You can still access your vaccination for free via the NHS and there are plenty of clinics across Knowsley and the wider Liverpool City Region.

You can find your nearest vaccination centre for appointments or walk-in availability via nhs.uk/coronavirus or calling 119.

Dr Sarah McNulty, Knowsley Council’s Director of Public Health, said: “The increase of COVID-19 rates is concerning, especially as we head towards Autumn.

“Following the guidance outlined above can help protect you and those around from the virus and help keep Knowsley safe.

“I would urge anyone who is yet to get vaccinated, or is still waiting on a further dose, to get theirs as possible and ensure they are fully protected.”