Coronavirus (COVID-19): staying safe and protecting others

How to keep ourselves and each other safe from coronavirus (COVID-19).

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How to assess the risk

Everyone can play a part in reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19 by assessing the transmission risk as part of your normal routine, thinking about each time you move into a different setting and mix with a different social group.

To help keep each other safe, we strongly recommend you consider your own risk and the risk to others and consider what steps you can take to reduce risk and protect those around you wherever you are.

This is particularly important if you, or those you are in close contact with, are at higher risk from COVID-19.  It is also important to remember that it is not always obvious who is more vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19, taking sensible precautions on a consistent basis helps protect everyone.

Your risk assessment may change over the course of the day, depending on where you are, what you are doing and who you are with - and that will inform which measures you take in each circumstance for example if you are on an empty train, you may not need to wear a face covering, but once you go into a busy shop, you may want to wear one. We strongly recommend if you are 12 or over, that you continue to wear a face covering in indoor public places and on public transport. 

When you think about how best to protect yourself and others, remember that the virus is more likely to transmit indoors and in particular in:

  • crowded spaces;
  • poorly ventilated spaces;
  • places where you are sitting next to someone from another household for an extended period of time; and
  • when you mix with lots of people not in your household.

In taking responsibility for enhancing our own and others peoples’ safety, we can:

  • practice some simple positive behaviours and start to include these within our daily routines;
  • help care and protect others- Some groups of people are at higher risk of severe illness if they catch coronavirus (COVID-19);
  • respond to situations by taking proportionate measures;
  • help build a society able to balance the various risks associated with COVID-19; and
  • help mitigate the impacts of more familiar diseases such as seasonal flu and other respiratory viruses.  
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