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Cambs public health chief says ill people must stop going to work and calls for cultural shift

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough residents must avoid going into work when they’re sick as covid cases continue to rise in the…

By admin , in Cambridge , at March 26, 2022 Tags:

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough residents must avoid going into work when they’re sick as covid cases continue to rise in the two counties, a public health chief has said. During discussions on how the community can begin to ‘live with covid’ Jyoti Atri, said there needs to be a cultural shift in how people act when ill.

She added that after the end of free testing, when ill, people should work from home if they can. The issue was raised at a meeting of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Local Outbreak Engagement Board meeting earlier today (Friday, March 25).

Ms Atri said: “We won’t have testing freely available after April 1 [and] I think there is a bit of a cultural shift needed. We had got, before covid, into a mode where you still came in [to work], if you had a sniffle you thought ‘oh I will just take some paracetamol and come in’, I think we need to go back on that and not come in. Being able to work online for most people will allow them to do that.”

Councillors and representatives from across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough were also told that Covid-19 cases are increasing again, as are positive cases in hospitals.

Ms Atri said: “I’m afraid [the national picture] is not the good news I would have liked to have shared with you. Deaths have been increasing nationally from Covid-19 and the number of admissions [to hospital] has gone up dramatically.

“We are currently estimated to have a prevalence across the East of England of five-percent, which is historically comparatively high and we are seeing widespread community transmission having an impact on schools and hospitals.

“[Locally] deaths reassuringly are remaining pretty low and stable; there have been six deaths in Cambridgeshire and one in Peterborough in the last seven days.”

The members at the meeting reflected that they had thought this would have been the last meeting of the outbreak engagement board, but in light of the increasing cases, further meetings will continue to take place.

Ms Atri told the meeting that while mandatory regulations had changed, the national guidance was still to take precautions. Councillor Bill Handley asked what could be done now that many people are no longer wearing masks and are “coughing and spluttering” over each other.