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Coronavirus in on the increase in the city, with numbers especially high among young people.
And, according to leading figures at Liverpool City Council, we need to act now to avoid it.
Liverpool is currently an area being watched – but it’s feared it could be an area of concern and lockdown implemented within weeks unless we act fast.
Liverpool’s Head of Public Health, Matthew Ashton said: “The issues we are facing are not over.
“The messages remain the same for all of us: keep washing your hands, wear a face covering if you are able, keep socially distancing and if you have any of the symptoms get tested and stay at home until you get the test results.”
So here’s 11 things we need to remember to stay safe, fight the spread of Covid and stop the chance of local lockdown:
Yes it’s beyond-basic advice we were given at the very start of the coronavirus crisis but it’s vital in the battle against it. Handwashing can get rid of all traces of the virus we may have come into contact with if we wash them properly, that means running them under water, applying plenty of soap and washing every area thoroughly – even backs of hands and wrists, between fingers and under nails – for at least 20 seconds.
Sometimes you can’t wash your hands but you can sanitise them. Unlike washing which gets rid of viruses, hand sanitisers inactivate them. But you have to use one that’s got an alcohol content of more than 60% for it to work. So when you’re out and about, make sure you’ve got one in your bag, your car or your pocket.
Whether you’re in the shops, a hospital, dentist, doctors or on the bus or train, wear a face mask or covering unless there’s a real reason why you can’t. It cuts down the chances of you passing the virus on to others and them passing it on to you!
You should stay either two metres apart or ‘one metre plus’ – to help prevent the virus transmission. So if you’re at work or the supermarket, in a pub or on the streets, don’t get too close.
From Monday gatherings of groups of six will be illegal and you could be fined if you fail to comply. The law change bans larger groups meeting anywhere socially indoors or outdoors (but doesn’t apply to schools, workplaces or Covid-secure weddings, funerals and organised team sports). Fail to comply and you could face a £100 fine, which will double on each offence up to a maximum of £3,200.
We all want to get back to normal life as soon as possible but it’s not going to happen unless people and places stick to the rules. So if you are somewhere, like a bar, which isn’t sticking to the rules, leave. You’re helping to get rid of the threat of the virus – and avoid more restrictions. It’s better to have fewer places to go to that not be able to go to any surely? If a business isn’t supporting you, then don’t support it!
There’s a rise in the number of young girls getting the coronavirus and it’s thought it could be due to the beauty sector; maybe getting your lashes done or your nails fixed at a salon where guidelines aren’t stuck to. So if your salon doesn’t stick to the rules and guidance, go somewhere else and maybe they’ll get the message.
Don’t be tempted to shrug it off if you suddenly develop Covid symptoms. Isolate yourself – and the same applies if you are tested positive for Covid, or you live with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive. You should isolate for at least 10 days if you’ve tested positive or have symptoms, and 14 if you live with (or are in a support bubble with) someone who has symptoms of coronavirus and tested positive, had an unclear result or did not have a test, or has tested positive but has not had symptoms. It can take 14 days for symptoms to appear.
Quick reminder – the main symptoms are:
A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
If you’re heading back to study, universities have put loads of measures in place to keep you and everyone else safe, including creating bubbles within accommodation, operating one way systems, and giving guidance about wearing face coverings and increasing hand washing/the use of sanitisers.
They’re there for a reason – so follow them.
Just don’t be. Stay at home as much as possible, work from home if you can and limit all contact with other people.
Whether you’re going from A to B in the car, on the bus, in a cab or by train, stay safe. Wear a face covering, pay where possible by card or contactless means, wash or sanitise your hands when you get off/out and social distance where you can.
And, if you’re planning on travelling abroad, before you go, check with your travel operator and port, or airline and airport for the latest travel advice on where you’re going.
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