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Protecting yourself and protecting others remains important as we learn to live with Coronavirus.
Around one in three people with Coronavirus do not have symptoms meaning the behaviours we adopt are vital to keeping people safe, healthy and well.
To help prevent the spread of infectious viruses like Coronavirus you can:
Getting vaccinated can significantly reduce the risk of catching Covid-19 and becoming seriously ill as well as reducing the risk of spreading the virus to others. Clinics remain available throughout the county for first, second, third and booster doses. Find a local clinic or read more about the Coronavirus vaccine.
Let fresh air in or meet outdoors
Having good ventilation if you are meeting other indoors, or choosing to meet outside, can help to disperse Covid-19 particles which reduces the risk of the virus spreading.
Wearinga face covering
Consider wearing a face covering in crowded or enclosed spaces to limit particles spreading, especially where you come in to contact with people you do not usually meet.
Wash hands often
Regular handwashing for at least 20 seconds and following the ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it.’ approach will also help to reduce the risk of infection.
Stay at home if you are unwell
If you are not feeling 100 per cent, staying at home will protect you and others. Resting will give you a better chance at recovery and by staying at home, you will be reducing the risk of infecting other people.
Taking a quick lateral flow test before you head out if you are meeting indoors with people, you do not normally mix with, or are visiting someone vulnerable, can help prevent the spread.
Coronavirus affects everyone differently, so it is important if you test positive or if you are not feeling well to stay at home – protecting you from getting more poorly and others from getting infected.
The Test and Trace Support Payment scheme, national funding for practical support and Medicines Delivery service will discontinue.
The NHS Covid-19 app is being updated. It will continue to let people know if they have been in close contact with someone who has Covid-19 and will signpost individuals to the new guidance (summarised above).