As we all know, Covid-19 is still among us and will be for some time. Although normality has returned for the most part, it is important that we all remain cautious and do what we can to keep ourselves and others safe.

There are many good habits to get into for general health benefits. You, your friends and family can regularly test from home using the widely available lateral flow test kits. You can also regularly wash your hands and let fresh air into an enclosed spaces. Keep reading to find out other ways to remain safe and how to get vaccinated if you haven’t done so already…

Woman with face covering on public transport

Lateral flow tests

In many situations in our lives, we may be required to take lateral flow tests. Whether it be for work or visiting older relatives, it’s an important habit to get into and keep up. Especially if you’re planning to go into the office more regularly, or gather with friends and family in close proximities.

Ensuring you are negative when heading out of your home can help stop the spread of the coronavirus and in turn, help save lives – not just yours but other people more vulnerable than yourself, too.

Collecting your lateral flow tests is easy. They can be picked up from your local library, pharmacy and ordered online, and it only takes 30 minutes to get the result. Now, you can even collect your at-home testing kits from four of the City Council’s leisure centres: Riverside in the city centre, Chelmsford Sports and Athletics Centre in Melbourne, South Woodham Ferrers and Dovedale in Old Moulsham. Find out more about how to get free Covid test packs. Remember: you’ll need to get a PCR test if you show any symptoms.

Covid vaccines

It is quick and simple to book your vaccine if you haven’t already – it’s completely free. If you’ve only had one, then make sure your second is lined up. This will ensure maximum protection and safety of all. Vaccines are proven to be safe and effective. They are the best chance we have to try and beat Covid for good.

If you’re pregnant or breast-feeding, the latest guidance says it’s safe to have the vaccine too but you can read about the safety of the vaccine if you have any concerns.

Let the fresh air in whilst you have visitors

Opening a window and keeping the door ajar are just some of the ways to circulate fresh air when entertaining guests. They might even appreciate a cool breeze if the hot weather decides to join us! The more air you let into a room, the better the ventilation and the higher the chance of staying safe.

Above: Woman opening window in her house

Other things you can do

There are other ways you can help keep yourself and others safe. Wear a mask where possible, carry hand sanitizer around with you outside of the house and cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze.

Livewell have created a guide to creating habits that stick. They focus on habits which will help keep everyone safe on a daily basis. You can find this information at:

By Charlotte Maltby

Charlotte writes stories about recycling and waste, parks, economic development, local democracy and planning.

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