COVID-19 restrictions in Kirklees tells you more about what this means.
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Although COVID-19 is resilient and quick to spread, it does have its weaknesses - one of those being its outer wall. Lucky for us coronaviruses have an enveloped cell wall, so when you rub your hands together with soap and water you breakdown the cell wall of the virus and wash it away down the sink.
One of the easiest and most effective ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses is to wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, especially when you return home and before eating.
Play your part - wash your hands regularly.
By wearing a face covering you're helping to prevent infected droplets travelling into the air from your nose and mouth when you breathe. This becomes particularly important if you have COVID-19 but don't know it (asymptomatic). You are also protecting yourself from breathing in infected droplets from someone else, who may be asymptomatic. It's important your face covering fits snuggly and covers your mouth and nose.
Play your part - wear a face covering.
The further you are away from someone, the more difficult it is for the virus to spread. It's easy for you to keep space between yourself and others, but it makes it a lot harder for the virus to cover the gap between you. Keeping a 2 metre distance reduces the chance of you breathing in the virus from the air around you.
Simple but effective, these rules help you reduce your risk of catching COVID-19 and spreading it to family, friends, and vulnerable people in our community.
Play your part - keep a social distance.
Get a mass community test if you don't have symptoms
Take a test to find out if you do not have COVID-19 symptoms, but are infectious and could spread the infection to others. This is called being asymptomatic.
Getting tested helps to reduce the spread of the virus in your community.
How to get a mass community test:Mass community testing: Getting a test if you don't have symptoms
Isolate if you have symptoms
Recognise the symptoms
Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms:
- 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, dry 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 have symptoms or are contacted by Test and Trace
Isolate and get tested immediately if you have symptoms:Self-isolation Test and Trace: Getting a test if you have symptoms
Follow Test and Trace instructions
NHS Test and Trace will contact you if you have come into contact with someone who has the virus.
Self-isolate immediately and follow their instructions.
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