Now that people are going out and mixing with each other more, it is important to think about how you can protect yourself and others. Even if you are staying at home most of the time or live on your own, almost everyone comes in to contact with someone (e.g. having work done in the home, getting a delivery). 

Coming in to contact with just one person may not seem like a big risk. But when you meet them you could pick up germs from anyone they have met in the last 2 weeks. And anyone that those people met in the last 2 weeks too! Have they ALL been careful to avoid catching the virus?

Virus transmission between a network of people

Jo only met 2 people this week. The first person had caught coronavirus from their friend and passed it on to Jo. Before having symptoms, Jo then met a friend who is healthy and well, but she has relatives and friends who are at high risk if they catch the virus.

Coronavirus is most infectious before people start to have any symptoms. This means that someone can have the virus without knowing about it, and easily pass it on. They won’t be aware of the risk to other people until it’s too late. 

This website will help you find out how to reduce this risk. After a bit of practice the ideas and advice in Germ Defence will become habits and they will help protect you from coronavirus - and other germs in the future.

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