You will have seen news over the last few days of Omicron, the new COVID ‘variant of concern’, including confirmation of cases in the UK. There is much that we do not yet know about this variant, but there are steps you and your family can take to stay safe and reduce the risk of COVID transmission.
The threat of spreading the Coronavirus remains ever present and we must all still be vigilant about infection control adherence. The best defence to stop the virus spreading is by continuing to follow the advice to keep washing our hands (for 20 seconds) regularly, maintaining space (at least two metres) from other people and to ALWAYS wear a face covering as required.
The best way to protect yourselves and your loved ones remains the same, stay up to date with your vaccinations – whether it is for your first, second or booster dose.
If you have symptoms or have been in contact with someone who is positive, get a PCR test. If you have no symptoms, get a rapid lateral flow test. One in three of us who have the virus don’t show any symptoms.