Knowsley Council is urging residents aged under 30 to remain cautious when out and about as cases of COVID-19 continue to increase within their age group.
Coronavirus thrives on social interaction and with more people meeting up to enjoy occasions such as the Euros and increased limits on gatherings, we are seeing our infection rates growing quickly.
The emergence of the Delta variant is also causing concern and has resulted in the Liverpool City Region being placed under enhanced measures by central Government. It is believed that this variant is now the dominant strain of the virus in Knowsley.
Early indications are that the Delta variant is more transmissible than previous variants and is one of the main reasons the number of cases is growing so quickly.
Although those aged under 30 are less likely to experience severe illness through COVID-19, there is still a number of risks, including spreading it those more vulnerable and long-covid. That is why it is important you remain cautious when out and about.
Cllr Christine Bannon, Cabinet Member for Health, said: “I urge everyone to remain cautious and remember that the pandemic is not over. With cases numbers rising, we are at a risk of further delays to the end of the roadmap, and I know how much people want to see an end to restrictions.
“The best way for us to stop the spread is to get vaccinated, undertake regular testing and follow guidance.
“I urge everyone to keep playing their role in protecting our friends, families and local community.”
How to protect yourself
Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself against COVID-19. Currently, evidence indicates that the vaccine is effective against the new variants.
From today, residents aged 18 and over can book their COVID vaccination appointment so if you are eligible, book your appointment today.
To book your vaccination, you can visit the online booking portal or call 119.
How to stop the spread
There are a number of steps you can take to help reduce the risk of spreading the virus. Remember, even if you have been vaccinated you might still carry the virus and so it is important you still follow these behaviours.
- Remember Hands.Face.Space – when out and about make sure you wash or sanitise your hands regularly, wear a face covering where required and keep your distance from those outside your bubble.
- Where possible meet up outside. Current restrictions mean you can meet up to 30 people outside and six indoors or two households.
- If you are meeting indoors, ensure doors and windows are open for good ventilation.
- Heading out to a hospitality venue? Follow all guidance and enjoy safely. You can find out more
- Get tested regularly. Everyone can access universal testing and is encouraged to get tested at least twice per week. 1 in 3 people who have COVID-19 don’t experience symptoms and could spread the virus unknowingly. You can find out more about testing in Knowsley here.
- Isolate when required. You should isolate immediately if you, or anyone in your household, starts to experience symptoms. You should also isolate when told to by Track and Trace. Coronavirus symptoms are a new persistent cough, a high temperature or a loss of sense of taste or smell. You can book a PCR test by calling 119 or visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
For those who need support during this difficult time please visit www.kindtoyourmind.org which has details of 24/7 crisis helplines and resources to help mental wellbeing.