Stay at home and Save Lives #Covid 19

The single most important action you can take is to stay at home in order to protect and save lives. You should only leave the house for very limited reasons:

  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, as infrequently as possible
  • one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household
  • any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid risk of harm, provide care or help a vulnerable person
  • travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home

These are exceptions – and when doing these activities, you should minimise time spent outside of the home and ensure you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household..

Critical workers, and parents of vulnerable children, may leave the house to take their children to and from school or their childcare provider. More detail is available online. Children can be moved between homes if their parents live separately.

Help stop the infection spreading and support each other:

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects in your home, such as door handles and taps
  • shop responsibly, follow advice in stores, and only buy what you need for yourself and your family, and those you’re supporting.

Going to work

You may travel for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home.

Employers and employees should discuss their working arrangements, and employers should take every possible step to facilitate their employees working from home.

Certain jobs require people to travel to their place of work.

If you cannot work from home then you can still travel to work, provided neither you nor any of your household have coronavirus symptoms. This is consistent with advice from the Chief Medical Officer.

Buchi Mbagwu
Published January 24, 2020