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Eight things to remember for a COVID-free Christmas

Posted on: 17 December 2021

With Christmas fast approaching, nobody wants to ruin the chance of sitting down to Christmas dinner with loved ones by catching COVID-19 or some other infection during this festive period. 

To help minimise your risk of getting ill we have put together a quick list of simple things to remember and items to stock up on during the holiday period. For example, have you ordered your repeat prescriptions? 

For eight things to remember that can help you keep safe this Christmas, read on: 

Tip 1: Remember to wash your hands for 20 seconds, regularly 

Regularly washing your hands throughout the day continues to be an effective way to avoid catching the virus. Whether you're helping with the cooking or chomping on yet another mince pie, take the time to wash your hands regularly. And remember, you should always wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, about as long as it takes to sing “We wish you a merry Christmas, twice”. If you’re out and about you can use hand sanitizer.

Tip 2: Wear face covering  

Don’t forget to pop on your mask if you’re in indoor spaces or on public transport. Don’t forget to cover your whole nose and mouth area.This will help protect you and those around you from catching COVID-19.

Tip 3: Maintain 2-metre social distancing (if you can)

During the Christmas period, it may be difficult to keep your distance from loved ones but try to avoid giving granny a kiss on the cheek! Where you will likely come into contact with people you don’t normally meet, try to keep a two-metre distance.

Tip 4: Stay in rooms with good ventilation 

If you’re planning to meet family and friends indoors, try to pop a window open for some fresh air and good ventilation. With speculation that the Omicron variant is more transmissible by air, keeping good ventilation flowing is encouraged. But do keep an eye on the temperature… Try not to let the temperature drop below 18 degrees. 

Tip 5: Order your Christmas shopping online from the comfort of your home 

To avoid the crowds and queues, why not do all your Christmas shopping online? There’ll be no queues, you can take your time, and better yet you can shop in your Christmas PJs! 😊

Tip 6: Stock up on your medicine cabinet and repeat prescriptions

A properly stocked medicine cabinet can help you treat many common illnesses over the colder winter months. Think vitamin D supplements, paracetamol, and all your vital repeat prescriptions. Don’t forget to keep a free Lateral Flow Kit in your household too. This is how to order a Lateral Flow Test

Tip 7: Spend as much time outside as you can

While we may want to hibernate during the colder months, going for a daily walk can actually warm you up, it’s also proven to improve mood, helping to boost your mental health state! Although, don't forget to wrap up warmly so grab your jacket, your scarf and wooly hat on the way out. 

Top 8: Know how to order a PCR test

If you’re getting COVID-19 symptoms, it’s best to stay home and order a PCR test and have it delivered straight to your home. 

Symptoms include: 

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • you’ve lost your sense of smell or taste or they’ve changed

Click here to order a PCR test