It is understandable that you might have mixed feelings about the easing of restrictions. Whether or not you choose to go out and see more people is a personal decision. If you do choose to, there are some measure you can take to reduce your risk.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature and/or a new, continuous cough and/or a loss of or change in sense of taste or smell):
- Self-isolate straightaway.
- If you are having cancer treatment, call your key worker or chemotherapy helpline.
- Book a test for COVID-19.
You must also self-isolate if anybody in your household, extended household or support bubble has symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
We know that it has been challenging not to be able to meet people face-to-face. Many people are keen to meet up with friends and family, but this might also bring some anxiety. Remember that it is up to you whether or not you choose to see more people. If you do, the following measures can help lower your risk:
- Do not meet up with anybody who has symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature and/or a new, continuous cough and/or a loss of or change in sense of taste or smell).
- Consider meeting outdoors to keep your risk as low as possible.
- If you choose to meet people you don't live with indoors, keep the windows open to let plenty of fresh air inside. You could choose to wear a face mask.
- Try to stay at least 2 metres away from people you don’t live with.
If you choose to go out, it is important to follow social distancing guidelines. You can reduce your risk by:
- Avoiding crowded places as much as possible.
- Staying at least 2 metres away from people you don’t live with. You might find our 'Distance Aware' badge a helpful reminder to everyone to social distance when possible.
- Shopping online if you can. If you need to go to the shops, try to pick a quiet time of day.
Even as the restrictions are being relaxed, the government advice is to continue to work from home if you can.
- If shielding is recommended where you live, you should not go to work even if you can’t work from home. You might be eligible for the furlough scheme, or you might be able to claim statutory sick pay or employment and support allowance.
- If shielding has ended where you live and you can’t work from home, speak to your employer to make sure there are measures in place to protect you.
As well as thinking about your contact with other people, there are some simple hygiene measures you can take to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.
- Wash your hands often using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser if hand-washing facilities aren’t available.
- Cover your nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze. If possible, use a tissue and throw it away straightaway.
- Clean surfaces and frequently touched objects (for example, light switches, taps and door handles) often.
If you’d like to talk about any concerns over the easing of lockdown, or anything else related to lymphoma, contact our Helpline Services on freephone 0808 808 5555, or via the Live Chat on our website, from 10am to 3pm, Monday to Friday. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org