5 frequently asked questions


​What is it?

Coronavirus is an illness that affects people’s breathing and lungs. It can be spread from person to person by coughing or by touching surfaces or areas of skin that have been contaminated by the virus.

​Where and When did it originate?

Covid-19 is also a virus that first started in Wuhan, China during the latter stages of 2019. This became progressively worse as the impact of this highly infectious disease spread around the world killing thousands of people and destabilising the world’s economies. To date it has  claimed over 900,000 deaths globally including 40,000+ in the U.K. What is coronavirus, how did it start and how big could it get? COVID-19 pandemic.

​What does this mean for me locally?

In Knowsley, despite some fluctuation of lockdown rules, residents are advised to continue to stay and work from home wherever possible, particularly those who are most vulnerable. You can continue to go to school, youth clubs, sports clubs as normal, as you will be protected in bubbles. You can also form a support bubble with another household. A support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with another household on an exclusive basis. You can visit each other, stay overnight and visit public places together.

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During the local lockdown, there are also curfews (restricted opening times) on hospitality businesses like pubs, restaurants and cinemas. These businesses must close from 10pm to 5am. You can still visit these places but you should follow the social distance measures (see what should we do?)

​What should we do?


​Why are we back in lockdown?

This is because our infection and death rates are higher than in other parts of the
country, this is measured by the R rate - and across Merseyside, collectively ours is
above 1. You can find out more about the infection rate in your area by downloading the
NHS Covid-19 app here: NHS COVID-19.

There are lots of things you can do to protect yourself and your friends and family.
  • Staying at home will help to stop the spread of the virus
  • If you are self-isolating and need support, all local authority areas have volunteer helpline, in Knowsley this is; https://www.knowsley.gov.uk/community-hub

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Helpful advice


Stopping the spread

Wash your hands regularly, for at least 20 seconds.

Wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in enclosed spaces.

Make space. Stay at least 1m away from anyone who you do not live with.

What are the Symptoms?

A high temperature
This means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature).

A continuous cough
This means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).

A loss of smell or taste
This means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

If you get any symptoms

If you do get any symptoms of Covid-19 (high temperature, loss of smell or taste,
persistent cough) you should;

Self-isolate immediately, not leaving your home for any reason other than to get a test

Ensure you book a test if you do display symptoms via the NHS/Government website:you can find the local Knowsley test centres here:
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