A message from Kelly O’Neill, Director of Public Health at Hounslow Council.
Published: Saturday, 15th August 2020
Kelly O’Neill, Director of Public Health at Hounslow Council said:
“Last night we received data from Public Health England which showed cases of coronavirus continue to increase in the borough, with a large rise in numbers over the past two days. Cases are concentrated in Heston, Hounslow Central/West, Cranford and Chiswick, but also recorded in other areas.
“The spread of cases suggests it’s due to wider family and friend groups meeting and not maintaining social distancing.
“We should not forget how awful the situation was for many of our residents earlier this year. More than 230 people lost their lives and thousands of others became seriously ill, with many still feeling the impact today. Coronavirus is still lethal. Lives are still at risk.
“We need everyone to keep their distance from people who do not live in their home. Stay 2 metres away from them at all times where possible.
“Please, do your bit to help reduce the spread and keep your family and friends safe.
“If we do not reduce this contact cases will keep rising, more lives will be put in danger and we risk a local lockdown in the borough.
“You can spread coronavirus without symptoms. Don’t be the one who makes your vulnerable friends and relatives sick.
“People who ignore social distancing are making a choice to put themselves and others at risk. They may be fine, but the people they infect, particularly if they’re elderly or have long-term health conditions such as diabetes or heart problems, may not.”
Continue to follow all Government advice:
- Keep your distance – 2m from others not in your household where possible
- Wash your hands, or use hand sanitiser, regularly and for at least 20 seconds, especially when you get home.
- Don’t touch your face when you’re are not in your home.
- Wear a face covering in shops and supermarkets, on public transport and when in other indoor spaces where keeping apart from others isn’t possible. Please always take a face covering with you when you leave your home in case you need to use it.
- Get a free test if you have any symptoms - a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. Find a local site here.
- Stay at home if you have symptoms, test positive for the virus, or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive.
More information on our Coronavirus webpage.