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- Groups of 6 people, or two households, are allowed to meet outside
- Scientists and medics are urging the public not to be tempted to meet indoors as the risk of spreading the virus is significantly higher inside
- Public urged ‘Let’s take this next step safely’ in new campaign
The public are being reminded they must stay outside when meeting others as part of the next step of easing Covid restrictions in a new film released today narrated by GP, Dr Hilary Jones MBE.
The film highlights the impact of fresh air on reducing the risk of transmission and forms part of wider government ‘Hands, Face, Space and Fresh Air’ which reminds people to ‘take this next step safely’ as we gradually emerge from lockdown. The public information campaign will run across TV, radio, press, digital, out of home advertising and social media and with the TV advert airing for the first time at approximately 19.15pm on ITV on Monday 29 March.
The new guidance allows the public to see family and friends, but reiterates the importance of sticking to the rules, resisting the temptation to hug people who aren’t in the same household or bubble, in order to stop the spread of the virus. The scientific explainer film illustrates the difference of how the COVID-19 virus behaves indoors compared to outdoors as groups of 6 people, or two households, are allowed to meet outside for the first time since December.
Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, said:
“Every day we get closer to beating this virus. We have already vaccinated over half of the adult population - and we have new vaccines coming on stream - but we must remain vigilant.
“I know the last few months have been challenging, and many people are excited to be able see friends and family outdoors for the first time in months.
“As we see from rising cases in Europe, this virus still poses a very real threat. We have come so far thanks to the vaccine rollout and that progress must be protected”
Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty, said:
“Thanks to the efforts of the public we have reduced the number of cases and deaths but the virus is still in circulation. The evidence is very clear that outdoor spaces are safer than indoors. It is important to remember this as we move into the next phase.”
Around one in three people with coronavirus show no symptoms, so anyone could be spreading it without knowing. Someone who is infected releases particles into the air by coughing, talking or breathing. Research shows the risk of infection is significantly lower in fresh air than indoors because:
- The closer you are to people, the greater the risk of breathing in infected particles, particularly when indoors, as it is harder to physically distance
- When indoors, smaller droplets and aerosols containing the virus that causes COVID-19 can remain suspended in the air for some time, especially if there is no ventilation and therefore build ups are more likely to be inhaled by others.
- When outside in fresh air, the virus disperses more easily; and when outdoors, there is more room to distance, reducing the risk of breathing in larger particles from an infected person
It is important those who have had a vaccination continue to follow the rules. The full impact of the vaccine on transmission of the virus is not yet known, therefore it may be possible to spread the virus, putting others at risk.
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By Paul Soile, Hon. Secretary Council of African and Caribbean Churches UK
The last 12 months were filled with fear, confusion and great unpredictability. The greatest lesson I learned living through the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, was the importance of taking control of my health.
I am a proud family man, who is depended upon by my church members and extended family overseas. I want to remain healthy in 2021 and beyond, for my wife, my children, my grandchildren, and for everybody else that needs me.
Food is a huge part of West African culture, and it’s often used to connect with others to show love and affection. And it’s really not uncommon to have mountains of delicious food on your plate at meal times.
The Better Health NHS Weight Loss Plan has really helped me to make healthier food choices. These small changes still make our traditional food taste great, and I’ve started to feel better knowing I’m doing something positive for my future health. I’ve realised it’s never too late to make a positive change, to live a more healthy life.
Making the decision to reduce weight has been easier than I would have thought, and there is so much support out there like the Better Health website which gives clear and practical advice on the simple changes you can make to living a healthier lifestyle.
As a pastor, I used to get much of my exercise dancing at church. Since I've stopped going due to the lockdown, I haven’t felt as active. I enjoy walking, so I've started to use the free Better Health app Active 10, as I'm keen to add some regular exercises to my weekly routine.
We have a real opportunity to make a change in how we live our lives, and take better care of our health. I encourage members of the Black community to take that first step and visit nhs.uk/betterhealth today.
Senior Dietitian Shola Oladipo says: Being overweight or obese puts you at greater risk of becoming seriously ill from diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and COVID-19. By making small, simple changes, you could help cut that risk.
The Better Health website is full of free tips, apps and tools to help people manage their weight loss, through eating healthier and getting active.
Following Better Health’s healthy eating tips and programmes doesn’t mean we have to compromise our African culture, or stop enjoying our favourite traditional meals. Instead, it offers simple advice on how you can swap ingredients or adapt the way you cook your meals.
For example, if you’re preparing Jollof rice instead of cooking it with white rice, why not try brown rice. If you are cooking plantain or yam, trying baking or roasting them instead of frying, and when preparing stews, cut back on the amount of oil we use to prepare it.
To learn more about the Better Health campaign, visit https://www.nhs.uk/better-health/
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