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COVID champions and preventing outbreaks in the community - Health Director blog

A message from Julie Webster, Wirral’s Director of Public Health.

Dear residents,

Covid-19 hasn’t gone away. Last week we released Wirral’s Outbreak Management Plan. The purpose of this plan is to help us prevent local outbreaks and be prepared for if they occur. Managing outbreaks takes place all year-round from ‘Catch it Bin it Kill it’ with Winter flu to encouraging people to get their vaccines on time.

A major arm of the plan is prevention. Prevention is the most effective method of stopping the spread, and outbreaks, of COVID-19. How can a virus spread if you have cut off its means of doing so right at the start? Good prevention = good outbreak management.

We will continue to promote protective actions that you can take to help prevent the spread of the infection, such as handwashing and social distancing (2metres), as well as providing advice about what to do if you develop symptoms.

We will also continue to support local organisations, businesses, community groups and places of worship to safely reopen advising on risk assessments, providing guidance and advice.

As part of the plan we want to develop local Covid-19 Champions. These will be community members, trained by local organisations in how to prevent the infection spreading and what to do if an outbreak does occur.

We are learning more about this virus every day and we all have an important part to play in slowing the spread of the virus.

We’ll be calling out for COVID champions in the coming weeks, so keep an eye on @WirralCouncil on social media or the Wirral Infobank website for further information.

Be a COVID champion by continuing to practice (and encourage others to do so too) three simple things in your day-to-day life:

  • Keep your distance – limit contact with those outside your household group, staying 2m apart.
  • Wash your hands – this one is so simple, wash your hands regularly with soap and water and for at least 20 seconds – or use a hand sanitiser if soap/water are not available.
  • Stay home – as much as you can and especially if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

Thanks again for reading and stay safe.

Julie.

 

View the Wirral Outbreak Management Plan online at www.wirral.gov.uk/covid19outbreak

Check your symptoms and book a test via www.gov.uk/coronavirus