It is the time of year when friends and family are planning ahead for Christmas get togethers and people are being advised how to avoid giving the unwanted gift of Covid-19 to their loved ones this year.
Ruth Twiggins, North Lincolnshire’s Public Health Consultant, is asking people to take a few simple steps this Christmas to keep our loved ones safe.
“Christmas is about spending time with friends and family and the advice is that people can and should enjoy meeting people over the holiday season.
“If people are planning to get together and family gatherings there are some common-sense steps that can be taken to minimise the risk of spreading the virus.
“If you have symptoms then don’t meet up and take a test instead. Even if you don’t have symptoms, please do take a test before you visit – especially if it is with older or vulnerable people.
“Stick to the basics of hands, face, space – wash your hands frequently, use a face covering and keep space between you and other people.
“If you are meeting indoors then ventilation can reduce the risk of spread. This can be as simple as opening windows for a few minutes every now and again.
“The vaccine remains the best weapon in the fight against Covid-19. First, second and booster jabs remain available, and I would urge everyone to get the vaccine.
“Anyone with any questions about the virus and how to tackle it can visit a new website that has been launched – CovidExplained.com . It aims to cut through any confusion around the virus and give people the information they need to protect themselves and others. It highlights real-life experiences of the virus, vaccination, testing and self- isolation.”