man wearing covid19 mask

It might feel that there hasn’t been a lot of good news in 2020 – especially when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic. With case numbers rising and rumours of a new “hard lockdown” swirling, it would be easy to become pessimistic.

However, it’s important to remember that it’s not inevitable that you will get the coronavirus. There are simple steps that you can take to protect your own health – and those of the people around you. This is particularly important if you live or work with vulnerable people (such as the elderly, or anyone who has an underlying health condition).

If you’re young and healthy, you may feel that you have little to fear from COVID-19, and chances are, you could be right. However, it’s not just about you. You may only get a mild case, but without the right precautions, you could pass the disease on to someone else who could end up being hospitalised – or worse.

In the current circumstances, we all have two responsibilities: to ourselves, and to others. That means doing all we can to avoid contracting the coronavirus and avoid passing it on to others.

Fortunately, it’s relatively easy to do both of these – it’s a simple matter of following the advice that we’ve all been hearing for months:
• Don’t go out unless you have to.
• Wash your hands regularly, use hand sanitizer and avoid touching your face.
• Wear a fabric mask.
• Maintain social distancing: stay at least 2m from other people.

You can’t prevent other people spreading the virus through being irresponsible, but you don’t have to follow their example. Before leaving the house, ask yourself if it’s really necessary. If you can, work from home and use online shopping to get supplies. When you do leave your house, follow the rules!

Every person who doesn’t catch COVID-19 – or who does, and ensures it goes no further by self-quarantining – helps to flatten the curve. That means fewer cases, fewer hospital admissions and ultimately fewer deaths. Today we start a new movement #Istaysafe. To be safe and to stay safe is a personal choice. Join us by promoting the Hashtag #Istaysafe.

The current pandemic is a very real case of having to put others first – especially the more vulnerable members of our society. Show you care by not going to the shops unnecessarily, by not socialising in groups, and by setting a good example with your mask and hand sanitizer.

There will always be people who don’t follow the advice – but do you really want to be a “covidiot”? Rather stay home and stay safe. #MyHealthYourSafety

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