How to stay safe and help prevent the spread
Covid-19 remains a risk
It is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated.
COVID-19 will be a feature of our lives for the foreseeable future, so we need to learn to live with it and manage the risk to ourselves and others.
All of us can play our part by understanding the situations where risks of COVID-19 infection and transmission are likely to be higher, and taking action to reduce these risks.
Following this guidance will help you to understand situations where there is a greater risk of catching or spreading COVID-19 and the steps that you can take to stay safe and protect others. Every action you can take to help reduce the spread will help reduce pressure on the NHS during the winter months.
For residence of the UK, full details on how to keep safe can be found here.
If you have symptoms or test positive
If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, self-isolate immediately and get a PCR test, even if your symptoms are mild. This is because many people experience mild symptoms from COVID-19, but may still pass on the virus to others.
The most important symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of any of the following:
- a new continuous cough
- a high temperature
- a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell
All adults in England have now been offered at least 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccines are safe and effective. Getting fully vaccinated is the best way of protecting you and others against COVID-19. People with CGD should have the vaccine when it is offered to them.
If you have not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine, you should get vaccinated. Evidence indicates that 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine provide very effective protection against hospitalisation. It usually takes around 2 to 3 weeks for your body to develop its protective response.
Full details on Vaccines can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/who-can-get-the-vaccine/
If you were previously identified as clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) - UK
Following expert clinical advice and the successful rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine programme, people previously considered to be CEV are not being advised to shield again. If you were previously identified as CEV, you should continue to follow the guidance contained in this page https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do
You should take advice from your health professional on whether additional precautions are right for you.
Guidance for Wales: https://gov.wales/coronavirus
Guidance for Scotland: https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/
Guidance for Northern Ireland: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/coronavirus-covid-19
It is important that you continue to receive the care and support you need to help you stay safe and well. Providers of social care and medical services are making every effort to ensure services remain open and as safe as possible.
You should continue to seek support from the NHS for your existing health conditions. You can access a range of NHS services from home, including ordering repeat prescriptions or contacting your health professional through an online consultation. To find out more visit https://www.nhs.uk/health-at-home, or download the NHS App (https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/the-nhs-app/). If you have an urgent medical need, call NHS 111 or, for a medical emergency, dial 999.
Any carers or visitors who support you with your everyday needs can continue to visit. They should continue to follow social distancing guidance where close or personal contact is not required (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-stop-the-spread-of-coronavirus-covid-19).
Page updated 20 September 2021