8 ways to stay safe this summer

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Though it may feel like things are returning to normal, we still need to take the necessary precautions to keep ourselves and others safe. Many of us have been vaccinated, but unfortunately the number of cases in the UK are rising. The most important precaution to take is to take a rapid test before seeing loved ones or going to crowded places this summer – take a rapid lateral flow test for fast and accurate results. Listed below are other preventative techniques you can take to stay safe this summer. 

Wear a mask 

Keeping yourself and others safe by wearing a mask is one of the most effective ways to stop the transmission of coronavirus, so it is very important that we all keep wearing them this summer. It is advised that masks should be worn when moving around indoor venues, whilst entering shops and when walking in crowded places. Keep your mask to hand to remain safe over this summer period. 

Download the NHS track and trace app 

Though the app has had its faults, it is the best way to learn of possible exposure to the virus, and to inform other people if you test positive. To make the most out of the app, always check into venues that you visit this summer and keep your phone’s Bluetooth on at all times to be informed of exposure to coronavirus. 

Sit outside 

Though the rules now state that we can sit inside venues, coronavirus transmission is much less likely outdoors. If you want to stay as safe as possible this summer, then remain sitting outside and wear a mask at all times when entering the venue. Whilst it may seem like a pain, the summer weather should make sitting outside a little more bearable. 

Always carry hand sanitiser

Though most places provide free hand sanitiser upon arrival, it is still important to carry it with you at all times for maximum safety. Whether it’s from touching outside railings, gates, or doors it is important to consistently apply hand sanitiser in order to reduce the likelihood of infection. The virus can live on surfaces for up to two days, so though it may seem pointless, hand sanitiser is pivotal to staying safe over summer. 

Get vaccinated 

This might seem obvious, but the best way to stay safe is to get the vaccine this summer. Everyone over 18 years old is now eligible to receive it, so book your vaccine appointment through the NHS website. Vaccines are the fastest way to reduce covid deaths and aid the removal of restrictions. 

Get regularly tested

1 in 3 people have no symptoms of covid, meaning that the virus can be spread rapidly without them realising. That is why getting consistently tested is extremely important to reducing transmission. At-home testing kits and antigen tests are now widely available, so it is easier than ever to get yourself tested. Try the Healgen antigen test for an accurate and rapid result. 

Avoid busy bars and clubs 

It may seem very tempting to go out and let your hair down, but it is not advisable to go to very busy venues such as bars and clubs, as it makes socially distancing much more difficult. The virus thrives in busy places, so avoid these at all costs to keep yourself safe over this summer period. 

Keep socially distancing 

We are all desperate to hug friends and family. Unfortunately, we need to keep socially distancing to keep ourselves and others safe. Always remain 2 metres apart when possible and visit loved ones at a safe distance outdoors. That way, we can beat coronavirus quicker.