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Worried about going out and staying safe? Here’s what to keep in mind
Saturday, 27 June · 2 min read

As the world continues to open up following lockdowns, you may be left wondering what to do next, or how to carry on.

To help decide, it’s worth taking the time to think about the risk coronavirus poses to you and what else is important for you to stay physically and mentally healthy.

To assess your risk, think about:

  • your age -- people over 65 are considered higher risk for severe COVID-19
  • whether you have any underlying health conditions that put you at greater risk -- such as heart disease, a respiratory condition or diabetes
  • whether you’re from a higher risk minority ethnic group -- such as south Asian, African or Caribbean
  • your sex -- as males are at more risk of severe disease

If you fit into any of these groups, it’s possible to stay sociable and active -- you may just need to think about additional ways to protect yourself.

As well as regular hand washing, keeping a distance from other people and wearing face masks in public, this could mean:

  • going out in smaller numbers
  • always carrying hand sanitiser (with an alcohol content of at least 60%)
  • wearing a face mask more regularly
  • only meeting people outside
  • continuing to get things delivered to your door

Also stay informed on the guidance in your local area or country and keep aware of any new outbreaks or if infection rates go up where you live.

Quote of the day

Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one. -- Hans Selye