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10 simple steps to protect against coronavirus

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With new local and national restrictions announced in the last week, knowing what to do to protect yourself and others from coronavirus can be confusing.

We asked our Director for Public Health, Alice Wiseman, to outline 10 simple things that we can all do.

If we all do our bit we can help protect ourselves, others and Gateshead.

1. Don't mix with other households in their home or garden or in yours

We know this has a big impact on our daily lives - but the evidence is clear. This is one of the best ways to stop the spread of the virus. Please don't meet in a home or garden with anyone that you don't live with.

2. Avoid close contact when out and about

When out and about keep 2 metres apart from people who don't live in your household - this does make a difference. Whether you're in the street, in the shops or in a venue like a pub or a restaurant, keep your distance.

3. Keep washing your hands

We know that we keep repeating this, but good hygiene is another important thing that we can all do. Wash your hands with warm, soapy water for 20 seconds whenever you can. It can kill the virus.

4. If you can't wash your hands use sanitiser

If you're out and you don't have access to warm water and soap, please use a sanitiser. Cover your entire hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

5. Wear a face covering if you can

Face coverings help protect others so wear one if you can. They also now need to be worn when you're in a pub and restaurant and not sitting at a table. Cover your mouth and nose and make sure you wash your hands before and after touching it.

6. Don't socialise with others outside the home, like in pubs and restaurants

We know not seeing people is hard but staying apart will help protect you, your family and friends. We know that the virus spreads in social situations when people are out together, and our advice is not to meet with others outside the home.

7. Download the Track and Trace App and check in at venues

The new NHS Covid-19 app is being rolled out nationally and is the best way to protect our community. All venues will display a QR code poster at the entrance and we would ask people to download the app and scan the code anywhere you see it.

8. Walk or cycle where you can

If you can walk or cycle, please do. Public transport can be used but please wear a face covering and try to keep a social distance when you do. Avoid car sharing. It's difficult to social distance and the virus is more likely to spread in a closed environment.

9. Watch out for symptoms

If you have a fever, a new, continuous cough or a loss of taste or smell, then please stay at home. Even if you don't feel particularly unwell, you could spread the virus to someone who could be more at risk. If you have symptoms, book a test online as soon as you can or call 119.

10. Get a flu jab

As we come up to flu season, it's important that we don't overwhelm the NHS. If you are eligible, please get a free flu vaccine. You may not feel that you need one, but you will be protecting others. Ask your pharmacist or GP.

Find out more about covid restrictions

Do your bit graphic
24 September 2020

With new local and national restrictions announced in the last week, knowing what to do to protect yourself and others from coronavirus can be confusing.

We asked our Director for Public Health, Alice Wiseman, to outline 10 simple things that we can all do.

If we all do our bit we can help protect ourselves, others and Gateshead.

1. Don't mix with other households in their home or garden or in yours

We know this has a big impact on our daily lives - but the evidence is clear. This is one of the best ways to stop the spread of the virus. Please don't meet in a home or garden with anyone that you don't live with.

2. Avoid close contact when out and about

When out and about keep 2 metres apart from people who don't live in your household - this does make a difference. Whether you're in the street, in the shops or in a venue like a pub or a restaurant, keep your distance.

3. Keep washing your hands

We know that we keep repeating this, but good hygiene is another important thing that we can all do. Wash your hands with warm, soapy water for 20 seconds whenever you can. It can kill the virus.

4. If you can't wash your hands use sanitiser

If you're out and you don't have access to warm water and soap, please use a sanitiser. Cover your entire hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

5. Wear a face covering if you can

Face coverings help protect others so wear one if you can. They also now need to be worn when you're in a pub and restaurant and not sitting at a table. Cover your mouth and nose and make sure you wash your hands before and after touching it.

6. Don't socialise with others outside the home, like in pubs and restaurants

We know not seeing people is hard but staying apart will help protect you, your family and friends. We know that the virus spreads in social situations when people are out together, and our advice is not to meet with others outside the home.

7. Download the Track and Trace App and check in at venues

The new NHS Covid-19 app is being rolled out nationally and is the best way to protect our community. All venues will display a QR code poster at the entrance and we would ask people to download the app and scan the code anywhere you see it.

8. Walk or cycle where you can

If you can walk or cycle, please do. Public transport can be used but please wear a face covering and try to keep a social distance when you do. Avoid car sharing. It's difficult to social distance and the virus is more likely to spread in a closed environment.

9. Watch out for symptoms

If you have a fever, a new, continuous cough or a loss of taste or smell, then please stay at home. Even if you don't feel particularly unwell, you could spread the virus to someone who could be more at risk. If you have symptoms, book a test online as soon as you can or call 119.

10. Get a flu jab

As we come up to flu season, it's important that we don't overwhelm the NHS. If you are eligible, please get a free flu vaccine. You may not feel that you need one, but you will be protecting others. Ask your pharmacist or GP.

Find out more about covid restrictions

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