COVID-19 exists in the liquid droplets you breathe into the air. This is how it spreads, through breathing in infected liquid droplets from the air around you and touching surfaces where the droplets have landed. This is why it's important, if you have tested positive or are identified as a close contact, you must isolate to stop the spread.
If you're asymptomatic, you don't have symptoms. Therefore you won't know you're carrying the virus but could still be mixing with your bubble and be out and about around other people, passing the virus on without knowing. This is why the basics of hands, face and space are so important.
Visit prevention and health advice for more information on how and why washing hands, covering your face and creating space are key to preventing the spread.
If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 - new continuous cough, high temperature, loss or change to taste and/or smell - you must get a test. There are testing sites in Kirklees specifically for people who have symptoms available to book now. If you can't get to a testing site you can order a home testing kit.
Isolating when you have symptoms, test positive or are identified as a close contact, simply put, breaks the chain of the virus and stops it spreading further.
You must isolate for 10 days:
if you test positive
if you are identified as a close contact regardless of whether you test negative
if you have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace
People who have COVID-19 can infect others up to 2 days before symptoms start, and for up to 10 days after. People who are a contact of someone with the virus are at higher risk of developing COVID-19 in the next 10 days. This is why the timeframes are important.
Play your part - isolate.
Visit self-isolation if you have been told to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Trace.
Most people will make a full recovery after contracting coronavirus but for some, COVID-19 will have serious long term effects.
Commonly known as Long COVID or Post-COVID Syndrome, you could be left with debilitating physical and/or mental ill health issues. You may quickly recover from the initial virus, but your mind and body could take months to fully recover from the lasting impact.
You must abide by the local and national restrictions, failing to do so is against the law. Under the new lockdown law, you must stay at home unless you have a reasonable excuse to be outside.
We must all play out part in bringing down the infection rate in Kirklees. If you know of someone breaching the local restrictions and by doing so, increasing the risk of spreading the virus you should report them to the police.
Action will be taken against those who are not playing their part.
Those who breach the restrictions can be given a fixed penalty notice of £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400. Anyone who holds an illegal gathering of over 30 people can be issued with fines of £10,000.
If businesses fail to comply with these restrictions, they can face fines of up to £10,000, prosecution or closure.