Cwm Taf Morgannwg encourages communities to keep following key Covid guidance
Written by Gavin on 4th February 2022
People living in the Cwm Taf Morgannwg area have been encouraged to keep following key Covid guidance over the next few months.
Professor Kelechi Nnoaham, the Director of Public Health at Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, says vaccination, testing and self-isolation will remain crucial for reducing the impact of the virus as other restrictions are removed.
Prof Nnoaham said: “The infectiousness of the Omicron variant presented us with a new and unwelcome challenge over the Christmas period and the beginning of the new year.
“As we move into February and the next few months, it seems like we’re going to be in a much better position as infection rates stabilise at a lower level than the peak we saw in December and January.
“As the picture improves, it’s right that restrictions are eased too. But we mustn’t forget the key lessons we’ve learned so far that have kept us safe.”
Prof Nnoaham said there are a number of things people still need to do, including vaccination and staying alert for symptoms.
“By far the most important protective measure you can take is to get vaccinated. That means taking up every offer of vaccination that applies to you as soon as possible, which for most people means the original two doses and the booster. The vaccination rate in Cwm Taf Morgannwg is high, but we want to make sure no one is left behind.
“Vaccination helps to prevent serious cases and hospitalisation, but doesn’t necessarily prevent you from catching Covid. We know that the Omicron variant can present with a wide range of symptoms, which is why it’s important that you take a Covid test whenever you feel unwell. Self-isolating when you have Covid protects those around you and stops the virus from spreading.
“Face coverings are still required in most indoor public places, including on public transport. As Covid spreads more effectively indoors with poor ventilation, it’s a good idea to open a window if you’re meeting someone. And if you’re going out
to a gathering or to cheer on Wales in the Six Nations, you should take a free lateral flow test beforehand for peace of mind, recording the result online so public health teams can monitor infection rates.”
You can find out how to get a Covid vaccination in Cwm Taf Morgannwg by visiting ctmuhb.nhs.wales/covid-19/covid-19-vaccine-information/
Lateral flow tests are available for pick-up from most pharmacies, or can be ordered online by visiting www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests
You should record the result of every lateral flow test you do, positive or negative, by using this link: www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result
For general testing information and to find PCR test sites, you can go to ctmuhb.nhs.wales/covid-19/covid-19-test-trace-protect/
Thanking Our Communities
Prof Nnoaham has also thanked communities and healthcare staff for their support during the Christmas period and winter months.
“I’d like to extend a huge thank you to our staff, who have once again risen to the challenge in difficult circumstances.
“I would also like to thank our community for their incredible effort and support during the last few months.
“As always, everything we do depends on having the support of our community behind us and we couldn’t do it without you.”