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Living with COVID-19

by Guy Murphy

COVID-19 continues to circulate in our communities and rates remained high when universal testing ended last week.

Moving forward we will not have a clear picture on how many people have the virus in our communities and this poses a risk. Especially to those who are unvaccinated who are more likely to get seriously sick if they catch COVID-19.

Currently, the most serious cases of COVID-19 in local hospitals are with people who are unvaccinated.

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.

Keeping safe from COVID-19

COVID-19 hasn’t gone away. It is still circulating in our communities and the best way to reduce your risk of catching or spreading coronavirus is to continue to follow the preventative measures that we have used over the last two years. 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

How to access a test

Those most a risk and certain groups can still access free LFD tests from Government. Tests can be ordered online, and you also see a full eligibility list here.

For those who are not eligible for free tests, LFTs can be purchased over the counter in most pharmacies and some high street stores.

What to do if you test positive or have symptoms

Adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and they no longer have a high temperature.

If you are unable to stay at home, wear a face covering and try to keep your distance from others.

Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school, college or childcare when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend

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.