Learning to live safely with Covid-19

In the 7 days up to 26 February (based on data published on 3 March) we had 1346 confirmed new cases of COVID-19 in Brighton & Hove.

This is:

  • down 27.5% on previous 7 days
  • equivalent to a weekly rate of 461.4 per 100,000 residents
  • higher than the South East which was 395 per 100,000
  • higher than the rate for England, which was 306.8 per 100,000 

What this means for Brighton & Hove

Positive cases in the city have continued to fall again over the last week. While this is good news, we should remember that Covid is still circulating.

As the remaining legal restrictions are removed we should think not only of ourselves, but also of others. There are sensible decisions we can all make to reduce our risk of catching and spreading COVID-19.

Continuing to follow the public health advice is important to protect our families and communities, particularly those at the greatest risk of severe illness.

Protect yourself and those around you

Get vaccinated

Vaccines are the best way of protecting you and your family and friends from illness. If you haven’t had any of your Covid-19 vaccines yet, it’s not too late. And if you’ve had your first and second dose it’s important to get your booster so you’ve got the best possible protection.

Let fresh air in

In poorly ventilated areas any virus in the air can build up. Letting fresh air if you are meeting indoors or meeting outside reduces the chance of spreading COVID-19.

Consider wearing a face covering

While rates of infection are still high, consider wearing a face covering in crowded or enclosed spaces, especially where you come into contact with people you do not usually meet. This is even more important if you have any flu-like symptoms.

Stay at home if you are unwell and take a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms

Staying at home and avoiding contact with others is the most effective way to avoid passing on COVID-19 or any other illnesses if you are infected.

Free testing will remain on offer until the end of March and you should still book a PCR test if you have any Covid symptoms

People testing positive for COVID-19 are no longer legally required to self-isolate but should stay at home, avoid contact with other people and follow the guidance for people with COVID-19 and their contacts.

Wash your hands regularly

Continue to protect yourself and others by covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze and washing your hands regularly for 20 seconds or more to limit the spread of COVID-19.

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