As we move into the winter months, the number of COVID-19 infections are rising and it seems likely the virus will be with us for some time.

New measures to contain and slow the spread of the virus over the winter months have been introduced, consisting of local alert levels which define restrictions in each area. There are 3 tiers, medium, high and very high risk.

We are often asked if we’re seeing a lot of COVID-19 cases. Over the past couple of weeks we have definitely started to see an increase in positive PCR swab testing, often on people with minimal or no symptoms.

Regardless of what tier you are in, it makes sense to continue to exercise caution:

1. Social Contact

It would be prudent to be sensible and continue to follow guidelines on limiting your interactions with anyone outside of your group and continue to maintain social distancing from those that you don’t live with.

2. Leaving the House

You should follow the guidelines on staying safe outside the house including:

  • Keep your distance from people outside your household or your support bubble
  • Avoid crowded spaces
  • Work from home if you can; if you can’t, reduce the number of people that you spend time with in a work setting
  • If you have to travel, think about when and how you travel to avoid peak times if travelling by public transport
  • Regularly wash your clothes (there is some evidence that the virus can stay in fabrics for a short time).

3. Wash your hands regularly

Regular hand washing is still the most effective way to prevent the spread of disease. If this is not possible, for example if outside the house, then regularly use a hand sanitizer (with minimum 70% alcohol). Try to avoid touching your face.