Covid-19 Update

How can I protect myself against COVID-19?

It is critical that everybody observes the following key behaviours:

HANDS – Wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds.
FACE – Cover your face in enclosed spaces, especially where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
SPACE – Stay 2 metres apart where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place.

We are now in a national lockdown and the most important action we can take is to stay at home. 1 in 3 people who have the virus display no symptoms so you could be spreading it without knowing it. It’s a relief to see the vaccines starting to roll out but with the new strains of Covid-19, the pandemic is far from over. What does this mean for those who provide care for loved ones who are elderly or who are living with a long-term health condition?

Support bubbles can safely expand the group of people you have close contact with during the pandemic. The rules have slightly changed as of 2nd December 2020. You can only form a bubble if:

• you live by yourself – even if carers visit you to provide support.
• you are the only adult in your household who does not need continuous care as a result of a disability.
• your household includes a child who is under the age of one or was under that age on 2 December 2020.

• your household includes a child with a disability who requires continuous care and is under the age of 5 or was under that age on 2 December 2020.
• you are aged 16 or 17 living with others of the same age and without any adults.
• you are a single adult living with one or more children who are under the age of 18 or were under that age on 12 June 2020.

You should not form a support bubble with a household that is part of another support bubble. However, there are some exceptions to this rule, with the newest being the introduction of a ‘care bubble’ that was recently announced by Secretary of Health & Social Care, Matt Hancock.
What is a Care Bubble?

A care bubble is when two households are allowed to mix to provide informal caring arrangements for one or more person. This means that if you regularly pop in to check on your elderly neighbour or provide full-time care for a parent that has a variety of health needs, you are still able to do so if your area is under a local lockdown.

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