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What To Do As The Covid-19 Pandemic Gets More Dangerous

The Covid-19 pandemic is rapidly getting more dangerous again, with the number of people catching the virus and the numbers of people dying and in hospital with serious illness all increasing. BuDS has been looking at a lot of data and information so that we can give you our independent and fact-checked advice and recommendations.

WHAT SHOULD I DO AS THE PANDEMIC GETS WORSE AGAIN?

The virus has divided society into two groups and each of those groups needs to respond slightly differently.

LOWER RISK: The lower risk group are those people who probably won’t get seriously ill with Covid-19 if they catch it. This group is about two-thirds of the population and includes healthy children, young adults and other adults up to the age of about 50.  Although these people have a lower risk of being seriously ill or dying if they catch Covid-19, remember that some do become seriously ill or die with Covid. It’s a lower risk, not a no risk group.

If you are in the lower risk group, you can infect older and clinically susceptible people who can die or be seriously ill. So, your prime duty is to be responsible and help protect others. You do this in two ways.

Firstly, you should try not to catch the virus by wearing a mask or face covering, washing your hands, observing social distancing, and most importantly keeping away from high risk places and people, such as crowded indoor places. This might be a big restriction on your freedom and enjoyment, especially as you may not get ill yourself, but it’s time for you to step up to being responsible and play your part in this national emergency by making sacrifices.

Secondly, you should take every precaution to not infect older and susceptible people. Keep away from older and susceptible people, especially if they are your family members. Use a surgical face mask or face covering if you do meet them, meet outdoors if at all possible, and observe 2 m social distancing. Keeping away from older and susceptible people is even more important if you haven’t been able to keep away from high risk places, for example schools, colleges, universities or work places.

You can get more information about the dangers of Covid-19, face masks and coverings, higher risk people and places, and lots more here: https://buds.org.uk/articles-about-covid-19/

HIGHER RISK: The higher-risk group is people who stand a good chance of being seriously ill, being permanently disabled, or dying, if they catch Covid-19. This group is about a third of the population and includes people with certain health conditions or disabilities, and all healthy adults over the age of 50. Remember, if you are over 50, even if you are in good health, you are still more likely to die or be seriously ill if you catch Covid-19 than a younger person with cancer or a severe immune disease.

(You can learn more about who is at higher risk here: https://buds.org.uk/how-dangerous-is-covid-19-if-you-catch-it/)

If you are in the higher risk group, your prime duty is to try not to catch the virus. You must be strict about always wearing a mask or face covering out of your home, washing your hands, observing social distancing, and most importantly keeping away from high risk places and people, such as crowded indoor places. This might be a big restriction on your life, but there will be time in the future to do these things once a vaccine is available.

Remember that, while you may be at high risk from Covid-19 yourself, you should still take every precaution to not infect others. Keep away from older and susceptible people, especially if they are your family members. If you do have to meet people, use a PPE face mask or a face, meet outdoors if at all possible, and observe 2 m social distancing.

You can get more information about the dangers of Covid-19, face masks and coverings, higher risk people and places, and lots more here: https://buds.org.uk/articles-about-covid-19/

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BuDS will be publishing helpful, fact-checked articles every few days as the pandemic continues, on social media and on this website. Like or follow us on social media to make sure you see them.

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