Because of the increased level of protection in the population due to vaccination and previous infection, Public Health has been advising a welcome and continuous easing of Covid restrictions.
So from April 17th, only patients with respiratory symptoms will be requested to wear face-masks in the waiting room or consulting rooms.
Medical staff dealing with such patients will also wear face masks.
Additionally, we respect the right of any patient or staff member to wear a face mask, and also for any patient or member of staff to request the other to wear a face mask in the consulting rooms.
We will continue to monitor the situation, and offer advice if the situation changes
We’re all a bit disappointed at the way things are going, so as we head up to Christmas, we thought it would help to summarise in simple language what we know about Covid-19 and how we can all help each other.
According to international data available 6 Dec 2021 , since the start of the pandemic there have been over 260 million cases of Covid and over 5.2 million deaths. Both these numbers would probably have been a lot worse, were it not for the efforts every one of us has made.
Covid-19 is an illness caused by a respiratory virus. It is spread through the air when an infected person coughs, sneezes or even talks loudly. The big problem is that it’s often hard to spot an infected person. We know that infected people can be very ill, however many more have little or mild symptoms. These symptoms often resemble a common cold or flu. We also know that someone can be infectious for a couple of days before they get symptoms.
So what we’re trying to do is manage risk by reducing the risk of developing Covid ourselves. We particularly want to reduce the risk of spreading it to vulnerable relatives and friends.
Stay at home if unwell; do a bit less than normal if you’re vaccinated and feeling ok.
Do the simple stuff well – masks where appropriate, distance and fresh air if you can.
Mind each other at home; think of others who may be struggling – Would a restaurant voucher be nice for Christmas, and help our friends in hospitality when things pick up again?
We actually have made progress in 2021. Let’s make 2022 a good year!