With luck, the Covid-19 lockdown is coming to an end next month, which is great news for families and businesses.
We need to remember a few facts though, and take care to protect our elderly and vulnerable loved ones from catching this awful disease or one of its variants.
About 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms but can still infect others. (source)
Like all medicines, no vaccine is completely effective, so you should continue to take recommended precautions to avoid infection. Some people may still get COVID-19 despite having a vaccination, but this should be less severe. (source)
We don’t know how much it will reduce the risk of you passing on the virus. (source)
A higher percentage of Covid-19 patients than others develop one new condition or more that needs clinical care during the post-acute phase of their illness, according to US researchers. (source)
What do these facts mean?
There are a number of people who still haven't had their covid-19 vaccinations, for whatever reason, and the facts speak that even when we've had our vaccinations there is still approximately a 1-in-20 chance of catching the virus or one of its variants and passing it on. Even though the risk is reportedly less severe, do we want to risk being a carrier with no symptoms and passing the disease on to our elderly and vulnerable loved ones?
The answer is no, so it is still extremely important to continue to follow current national guidance.
So, how can we help our vulnerable loved ones?
Get tested regularly
Whether you have symptoms or not, and whether you or your loved ones have had your vaccinations, it is wise to get yourself tested regularly, to avoid the risk of catching and passing the virus on, however low that risk is.
You can now order test kits free online, or to be collected from your local pharmacy. Details can be found on the NHS website here: Get tested for coronavirus (COVID-19)
Continue to follow the guidance.
To protect yourself and your family, friends and colleagues, you MUST still:
- practise social distancing
- wear a face mask
- wash your hands carefully and frequently
- open windows to let fresh air in
- follow the current guidance