Now the dark nights are drawing in and we are spending more time at home or inside, it is important for us all to take steps to reduce the risk of COVID-19 indoors.
COVID-19 is spread through very small droplets released when we breathe out. Letting fresh air in for just 10 minutes, regularly, can help remove these small coronavirus particles lingering in the air. By doing this, the risk of COVID-19 infection can be reduced by 70%.
Good ventilation will not only help to reduce transmission of the virus, but it will also help to reduce condensation, dampness, mould and dust mites.
As well as good ventilation, having the COVID-19 vaccination (including the Booster) and regular (twice weekly) testing are our best defence against the virus.
Remember to use face coverings in crowded indoor places, wash your hands regularly and stay at home if you feel unwell.
Cllr Christine Bannon, Cabinet Member for Health, said “With the darker nights and colder weather now upon us, we are spending more time indoors. Many of us are also working from home so it’s vitally important that we ensure rooms are well ventilated.
“Breathing, speaking, coughing and sneezing all release particles containing the virus that causes COVID-19.
“In poorly ventilated rooms, the virus can build up which increasing the risk of the virus spreading.
“Keeping rooms well ventilated is just one of the actions that is simple to do to reduce the risk of COVID-19.
“This is particularly important too as many people are planning for the festivities and seeing family and loved ones.
“Let’s all keep safe in the run up to and during the festivities and beyond by remembering to open windows regularly – 10 minutes every hour as a guide.”