The UK Government urges “Act like you’ve got the virus”.
The number of coronavirus cases is rising rapidly, and in a recent Covid-19 news article, a source told the BBC “It’s more important than ever [that] everyone sticks to the rules,” with infection rates increasing at an “alarming rate”. The Department for Health and Social Care and the wider government are emphasising the “stay at home” message, with Health Secretary Matt Hancock saying: “People need to not just follow the letter of the rules but follow the spirit as well and play their part” (BBC News).
One in three people infected with the virus do not have any symptoms and could be passing it on without realising.
The new variant is more transmissible so “each interaction we have has become riskier than it was before.” (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
The virus is airborne. It can remain in the air wherever an infected person has been, in a room or in a deserted street and can move about in clouds of droplets. One infected person can infect many other people.
Wearing masks reduces the likelihood of being infected and spreading the virus. To prevent spreading infectious particles, keep your mask over your mouth and nose. If you drop your mask to talk, you will spread droplets.
Wash hands frequently, keep the recommended distance from other people, and wear a mask to reduce the risk of spreading and catching the virus when out of your home.
You can find more information on our dedicated Coronavirus page, including links to what you can and cannot do under the current lockdown, as well as info on the Ruyton XI Towns Friendly Help group, financial assistance, and mental well-being.