Individual and household action

What is the main thing you are doing to protect yourself and others from coronavirus? How can we all tackle any local outbreak and ensure local and national restrictions are effective?

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by ScottishGovernment on October 05, 2020 at 08:53AM

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  • Posted by Homeburd October 05, 2020 at 17:33

    I am following the guidance and keeping myself informed via the daily briefings. I’m aware that there are confidentiality issues but in terms of local outbreaks the more information that can be made available the more folk will take heed.
  • Posted by LAWh October 05, 2020 at 17:43

    Currently, keeping to our household group and childcare bubble.

    Using FACTS.

    Working from home.

    Changing school clothing every day.

    Long term, areas with higher transmission rates could see people encouraged to form social bubbles for the duration of Autumn and Winter. E.g five families in a group who all agree to be in that group exclusively and to use FACTS to minimise risk.

  • Posted by Trp October 05, 2020 at 18:07

    Following the rules, not meeting up with others indoors.

    I think we tackle local outbreaks by giving people information so they know when there are many cases in their area and how the virus is being spread.
    We need to make sure restrictions are related to the source of outbreaks and not haphazard.
  • Posted by Ursula October 05, 2020 at 18:33

    Take Glasgow in hand would be a good first step. You were quick enough to lockdown Aberdeen. Any local lockdown should be accompanied by a 5 mile travel ban.
  • Posted by Redfox October 05, 2020 at 18:54

    Stop having restrictions then there will be 100% compliance
  • Posted by Juneec October 05, 2020 at 19:30

    We have taken our high risk daughter out of school and are voluntarily shielding until case numbers and rate of spread decreases
  • Posted by mariannemca October 05, 2020 at 19:32

    An extended family bubble is such a good idea - childcare, work, mental health....... with winter weather coming this bubble idea will allow families to safely and comfortably see/assist/love each other - and I feel would help esp with those with small children, elderly relatives and mental health issues
  • Posted by Katz37 October 05, 2020 at 19:49

    An extended family bubble with one other household. It’s fine saying a bubble with single people and your family. However, elderly parents should be able to join with one other household for their mental well being and to enable the other household to care for them.
  • Posted by Seamus91 October 05, 2020 at 20:17

     I agree with Ursula, I can't understand why Aberdeen has been the only city to be subjected to a tight lockdown (which clearly worked). The numbers in Glasgow have been bad for a number of weeks now with no signs of improving, yet no further restrictions have been put in place. I understand that the areas concerned are drastically different, with Glasgow covering a wider area, however I still feel some further measures would surely help. It also seems wild to me that folk from areas suffering notable increases in cases are able to leave their local area to rent cottages and visit bars and restaurants across Scotland.

    I do agree widening the family bubbles would be good. I do wonder if encouraging people to take responsibility for limiting their own social interactions might also be worth trying . Personally I'm scared of infecting my parents (despite following all the guidelines). So for my own peace of mind, I try to stick to only having one social interaction with one household each week or so. This way, I'm able to ensure I've no symptoms between social interactions and feel more comfortable that the likelihood I pass something on is lower.
  • Posted by Catlady October 05, 2020 at 20:29

    This is a question, not an idea. I'm confused.
  • Posted by HappyPumpkin81 October 05, 2020 at 21:17

    Working from home, social distancing and washing my hands.
  • Posted by k4rwd October 06, 2020 at 00:28

    We've been following all the rules and stayed home throughout, son has done the same due to having asthma. We are now in a position that to see him we have to go out to a cafe/restaurant and we are not prepared to do that now after months of staying home. Surely it is safer to have him visit us than us all go out to a public place where there are rising cases daily (Glasgow)
  • Posted by rmk October 06, 2020 at 10:25

    Working from home
    Relying on click and collect and home delivery more, avoiding shops and supermarkets
    Increased attention to hygiene measures, using hand sanitiser before getting out of and when getting back into car if visiting any public place (e.g. shopping)
    Increased cleaning at home, especially if anyone's visiting
    Observing physical distancing wherever possible, face coverings where not possible

    Just general common sense and mitigating the risk in as many ways as possible.
  • Posted by fyfe1999 October 06, 2020 at 15:58

    I work from home
    I don't travel outside my city
    I walk everywhere instead of taking public transport
    I wear a face covering even outside (when the streets are busy and you can't socially distance)
    I wash my hands regularly

    What I don't do:
    Socially distance from my friends, it's impossible to stay 2 metres away from someone you go to a pub with!

  • Posted by Kainsoch October 06, 2020 at 18:09

    I think extending social bubbles is really important. I live away from my sister's family and my parents( who live near each other). I am a single parent so have an extended bubble with my sister but can't have that as well with my parents who provide extended childcare for my sister! I worry about not being able to see my parents indoors over the winter. I work one day a week in the ( as covid secure as possible) office, avoid crowded shops etc. Going forward into winter without this wider social network is going to be really hard on our mental health.
  • Posted by AnaMaria October 06, 2020 at 21:22

    We follow the Facts guidelines and household and hospitality restrictions and understand why we can meet others in hospitality but not at home. On the whole we find the information quite straightforward as we either watch the briefing or read the FM statement and transparency data each day. Having said that I understand that not everyone has the time I have to keep up to date and sadly the headline reporting in the media does not help.
    The best way to tackle the outbreak is for everyone to follow the health guidelines and for the Government to keep the messages simple and local as well as national. I see a lot of requests for local information and I know that is available online, however, if you are not familiar with scanning the internet it is not easy to find. What might be helpful would be for local authorities to circulate on social media and supermarkets the important information in the local area rather than just repeating national ‘don’t do’ messages. For example I live in an amber zone but just a few streets away is a red zone. If people understood that their local area is red perhaps they would be less inclined to think for example it is all down to the city, hospitality or students.
  • Posted by APragmatist October 10, 2020 at 16:26

     As adults we take individual responsibility. We are living our lives and follow our own customised version of the advice - HNC: keep Hygienic , interacting with reduced Number of people and avoid close Contact with strangers. So far so good.
    And taking regular breaks from the doom and gloom news helps too!
  • Posted by cobdunfermline October 11, 2020 at 13:45

    We as a household adhere to all the guidelines, we watch the daily briefing and follow the facebook page, we share as much as possible any updates and repeat the FACTS message.

    Whilst we understand that social gatherings are one of the drivers of this virus, we would like to see more cafes and businesses open to have more normality, but with stricter guidelines and spot checks randomly to enforce compliance with these businesses.
  • Posted by wendrew93 October 11, 2020 at 15:29

    We are following all the guidance but neighbours aren't. When we have eventually had to phone the police because of house parties they do nothing about it. Make sure everyone is compliant with the law and takes responsibilities for their actions no matter what age they are. Stop being soft on students, they are adults and know exactly what they should and shouldn't be doing. If they don't then should they be living away from home?
  • Posted by Haggis59 October 11, 2020 at 17:51

    I'm following guidelines especially FACTS; not meeting family or friends indoors. I get a shower and wash clothes I've worn to work as soon as I come home (and so do my children). I only listen to Scottish govt highlights re virus as too many scaremongering stories from media.
    Scottish govt could impose temporary 5mile travel limit unless necessary; fine businesses not sticking to rules, It know it's hard as restrictions affecting my mental health also but it's essential and it's not going to be forever. I go walk at lunchtime and at weekend walk locally and go into garden when I can to keep my sanity.
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