Enjoying the Jubilee Bank Holiday Festivities safely


The Jubilee celebrations are fast approaching, and the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) South West would like to wish everyone a happy and safe long weekend. COVID-19 has not gone away and there are several infectious diseases circulating and we would like to remind people to take care when mixing with people indoors and out.

Whilst the number of COVID-19 cases in the South West are currently low, people need to take precautions – like taking a lateral flow test if mixing with vulnerable family or friends or staying at home if feeling unwell with a high temperature or flu-like symptoms.

Dr Charlotte Bigland, Consultant in Health Protection at UKHSA South West said: “While fewer people are wearing masks, it’s still advisable to wear one if you are indoors or if you are mixing with lots of people or on public transport. Washing your hands frequently and ensuring you cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing can prevent the spread of COVID-19, as well as lots of other common infections. The best protection against COVID-19 is to get fully vaccinated. There are walk-in vaccination centres across towns and cities in the South West.

“Monkeypox is also circulating nationally and internationally, so it’s important to for people to stay vigilant. There has been a notable number of cases identified among people who are gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men, so we are asking these groups in particular to be aware of the symptoms, particularly if they have recently had a new sexual partner.

“Anyone with unusual rashes or lesions on any part of their body should contact 111 or their local sexual health service for advice. If you think you might have Monkeypox, please phone ahead before attending a healthcare setting in person so we can ensure a good clinical experience.”

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