Keping the community safe

Keeping Hertfordshire safe during the Coronavirus outbreak

Keeping Hertfordshire safe during the Coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus(COVID-19) is a new virus that started spread in late 2019 and has grown to be a pandemic in just a few months, with over 200,000 people contracting it as of March 2020. 

Due to the rapid spread of the disease, the government has set out guidelines in order to reduce the spread in the UK.

Here is what you can do to help protect the Hertfordshire community during these uncertain times.

Reducing the spread: easy steps

The first and most important step to take is to wash your hands as regularly as possible. This will reduce the chances of the virus entering your body from your hands.

Washing your hands with soap and hot water is the best option but there is handy covid-19 hand sanitiser available with 70% alcohol made to kill viruses, like the coronavirus on the surface of the hand before it can enter your body through the eyes, nose or mouth.

Wearing a mask is another way that you can reduce the spread of the virus.

While wearing a mask if you do not have the virus is not necessary and counter-productive, it can be a great help if you feel you have symptoms or have actually been diagnosed. Read more here.

Self-isolation is another precaution that is recommended by the government in order to stop the spread of the virus. Self-isolation is advised, even if you have very mild symptoms.

Health links to keep you updated

Hertfordshire Council’s updates

NHS Symptom Checker

Coronavirus guidance for employees

What is self-isolation and why is it important?

Advice for employers and employees

Community groups advice

The most important part of reducing the effects of the virus comes down to community. Working together is the only way we can fight this disease.

This means we must:

  • Follow government guidelines closely
  • Keep updated
  • Helping others (buying shopping or doing favours for those who cannot leave the house etc.)
  • NOT stockpile food and other essentials

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