Flu is a serious condition that kills on average 11,000 people in England each year and hospitalises tens of thousands more. Adults at high risk from flu are also most at risk from COVID-19 and the free vaccine is more important than ever, to help protect the nation from a double threat this winter.
To download the leaflet ‘Who should have it and why’ and for accessible formats in Easy Read, British Sign Language videos and other languages such as Arabic, Gujarati, Polish, Tamil and Urdu: visit our website healthwatchbrent.co.uk/flu
The Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust have published an informative guide on ‘Differences and similarities between Covid-19 and Flu’.
Covid-19 cases rising in Brent
A message from Dr John Licorish, Public Health Consultant
Confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Brent and some other parts of London are rising again.
In the week ending Sunday 6 September 2020, there were 40 confirmed Coronavirus cases in Brent. People aged between 20 – 50 years old are the most affected group.
Brent’s rate is below the figure where a local lockdown would be considered, but we are concerned and we do all need to take action now to protect our family, friends and neighbours.
Of-course, we all want to go about our daily lives and return to some sort of normality but as we leave our homes more the risks increase.
Put bluntly, coronavirus has not gone away and it is still killing people.
Therefore, we all need to take extra care as how we behave is currently the only way to limit the spread of the virus.
You are most at risk when in busy crowds, confined spaces or close contact with others.
You are safest when you follow this advice:
- Wash hands, or use hand sanitiser, regularly and for at least 20 seconds
- Cover face, when using public transport or in busy spaces like high streets or shops where it may be more difficult to keep your distance
- Make space, try to stay 2 metres away from people you don’t live with – including in pubs and restaurants.
The above article is courtesy of Brent Council
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