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Follow FACTS and stay safe from Covid-19, north-east urged


By Alan Beresford

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AS shielding guidance in Scotland is paused, people across the north-east are being reminded of the importance of following FACTS to protect not only them but those who are taking the first steps out of lockdown.

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman.
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman.

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman outlined that compliance with FACTS is more important than ever, as those who have been shielding start to follow the same guidance as the general public this week, following shielding being paused on August 1.

The acronym has been designed to help people remember to take the following vital steps to help stop the spread of coronavirus: Face coverings; Avoid crowded places; Clean hands and surfaces regularly; Two-metre physical distancing; Self-isolate and book a test immediately if they have coronavirus symptoms.

As phase three of the route map continues, people are being encouraged to play their part in helping the nation continue to emerge from lockdown, and protect the progress that has been made.

Ms Freeman said: “Together, we have made great progress in tackling Covid-19, but the situation remains fragile.

"We need to stick with it in order to keep the virus under control as lockdown restrictions ease, protecting ourselves and those coming out of shielding. Anyone you walk past or come into contact with could have been shielding so it’s important to use protective measures with all.

“Individually and together we are the first line of defence against this virus. Each letter of FACTS represents one of the vital measures we all need to follow to keep ourselves and those we love safe.

“The virus will only stay under control if we all do the right things. Following FACTS reduces the change of the virus spreading and I’d urge everyone to continue to do the right thing, to help us make progress, and protect our communities.”

To find out more about FACTS and staying safe, visit mygov.scot/coronavirus

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