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Health Director blogs: Please keep going to break the chain of infection

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

Dear residents,

As lockdown measures are eased it is vital that we continue to protect each other and our most vulnerable people.

My message to Wirral residents is this: Please keep going. Your actions, however small they may feel, have helped to reduce the spread of this virus. And they still can.

Social distancing, handwashing, isolating if you have symptoms strong or mild are some of messages that we have heard from the beginning of the year. However it can be easy to take them for granted, to not see the value in washing your hands more often than you previously did, to be a little bored of keeping your travel essential.

In reality, every act of distancing, handwashing, staying home - breaks a potential chain of infection.

So, even if you feel fit and healthy, please continue to adopt these vital actions as much as you can in your daily life:

  • Staying at least 2m distance from others outside of your household group – or ‘social distancing’.
  • Wash your hands more often than usual – with soap and water (or hand sanitiser).
  • Stay home as much as possible – and isolate if you have symptoms of the virus (fever and/or a new and continuous cough and/or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste).

And if you’re looking for another proactive way to better protect yourself and others, the COVID-19 Symptom Study app has been developed to allow members of the public to regularly report on their health and help the NHS by contributing to advance vital research on COVID-19. Visit https://covid.joinzoe.com/ to learn more or downloading from the app store.

Thanks again for reading and take care.

Julie.

Wirral Director of Public Health.