Latest COVID-19 information
Living safely with Covid-19
The Government published the COVID-19 Response: Living with COVID-19 plan in February 2022.
You are encouraged to continue to follow public health advice, to minimise the chance of catching COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases and help protect family and friends. This includes:
- getting vaccinated
- letting fresh air in when meeting indoors
- wearing a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet
- washing your hands regularly
- staying at home if you feel unwell and especially if you think you have COVID
Remember that it is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated. Living with Covid does not mean ignoring it or doing nothing. There is more advice for people with symptoms of a respiratory infection, including COVID on the Government website.
What to do if someone you live with gets COVID-19
If someone in your household has COVID, it does not necessarily mean that everyone else is going to get ill too. There are things you can do at home to minimise the risk to everyone you live with.
The UK Health Security Agency has published this useful visual guidance on how to limit the spread of the virus to others in your household.
Testing will continue to be available for people with symptoms if they are:
- patients in hospital
- eligible for treatments because they are at higher risk of getting seriously ill
- living or working in high-risk settings such as care homes or the NHS
Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test result is advised to try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious. Children with a positive COVID –19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days.
Symptom-free testing will continue to be available to protect people during periods of higher prevalence in some-high risk settings, where infection can spread quickly.
(Updated 3 May 2022)