Sandwell’s Public Health Director has called upon anyone ignoring advice on ‘social distancing’ to stop risking their own lives and the lives of others.
Lisa McNally, said: “The new coronavirus transmits easily from person to person. The numbers of confirmed cases and deaths are increasing rapidly across the country. Stopping all but essential contact with other people is the only way to protect ourselves, our families and our front-line workers.
“Close contact with other people, especially if you are within two metres of them, now represents a significant risk to health. Your actions today can help save lives.
“I know the vast majority of local people are listening and acting on the advice on social distancing and self-isolation. But there’s still a minority of people who are ignoring the advice. This will undoubtedly cost lives.
“I would urge everyone to familiarise themselves with the guidance about social distancing and self-isolation so we can avoid people becoming unnecessarily infected with the virus.”
Government advice on social distancing:
1. Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough.
2. Avoid non-essential use of public transport when possible.
3. Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information.
4. Avoid large and small gatherings in public spaces, noting that pubs, restaurants, leisure centres and similar venues are currently shut as infections spread easily in closed spaces where people gather together.
5. Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media.
6. Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services.
More information on Sandwell Council’s response to the coronavirus outbreak and what to do if you need support at www.sandwell.gov.uk/coronavirus
Latest NHS advice at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
Latest Government advice at www.gov.uk/coronavirus