Britons Urged to Delay Christmas Plans As Another Covid Christmas Approaches

Looking at the upcoming festival of Christmas, scientists have warned to celebrate the festival with caution due to the high positivity rates due to COVID-19. They have to say that high transmission rates simply means caution is required and will be critical if people want to stay safe during festive time.

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After the festival of Christmas approached in the year 2020, it was never a Dickensian spirit, but it's the specter of Covid pandemic that still haunts households down the UK.

As the cases are pilling up, government of UK will allow only 3 households to mix for a period of 5 days in England. The above plan was scrapped within weeks after being made. Due to this scientists continue to urge people to stay at home and try to connect over Zoom or they can try hosting the drinks on the pavement instead of gathering for a hug.

“There is no point having a very merry Christmas and then burying friends and relations in January and February,” Gabriel Scally, a visiting professor of public health at the University of Bristol, the time said.

In the last 12 months, government of UK has to say a little to the citizens how to safely celebrate the upcoming Christmas 2021. But the scientists have almost warned by saying caution remains critical.

As per a report published in The Guardian, “Rates of transmission are still very high, numbers of Covid weekly deaths continue at around 1,000, the NHS is described by those running it as ‘hitting breaking point’ and ‘unsustainable’, with Covid cases taking up hospital beds with the potential to tip the NHS into crisis. And we haven’t yet hit winter,” Prof Susan Michie of University College London said.

Michie further added that the current situation of COVID-19 seems to be unstable and could change quickly for better or worse. So, the fingers are still crossed. And due to this, citizens need to take caution before going  ahead to celebrate Christmas by gathering and hugging.

“In these circumstances, my advice would be to delay planning Christmas as long as possible,” she said.

“These include all those we considered last year – thinking about the vulnerability of those you are visiting; maximizing the chance that you are not infectious [for example] by testing, restricting contact beforehand; and making indoor spaces as safe as possible in terms of ventilation, limiting numbers and crowding, and using sanitizer and face masks,” said Michie. “The Delta variant is highly contagious, with many people now catching it despite double vaccination and cautious behavior.”

Now, as per the data received, over 88% people who are aged below 12 years and over in the UK have still received only one COVID jab. And with many are currently eligible to get a booster. However, a substantial number of people are still to be vaccinated.

“Get vaccinated if you have still not done so, and get boosted if you are eligible,” John Edmunds, professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine said.

“Getting the vaccine as well as a booster if you are called is the most important thing you can do to protect loved ones and those who are more vulnerable than you,” she added.

At this point of time, Paul added that there are some other measures that also need to be taken. This is what he has to say in this regard, “I would say that although the primary benefit of the vaccine is that it greatly reduces the likelihood of severe illness and death, even those who have been fully vaccinated can still fall ill from and therefore transmit the virus,” she said. “The best advice I can give is to continue to take recommended precautions: lateral flow tests, proper ventilation, thorough and frequent hand washing or sanitizing. These are especially important when family and friends who may be more vulnerable are present.” Paul says.

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