Living with Covid

An image with text Living Safetly with Covid, with key messages of Vaccine, Hands, Face and Fresh Air

Last updated: Tuesday 31 May 2022

As we learn to live safely with Covid-19, there are things we can all do to help reduce the risk of catching the virus and passing it on to others.

These actions will also help to reduce the spread of other respiratory infections, such as flu, which can spread easily and may cause serious illness in some people. You are encouraged to get fully vaccinated and continue to follow safe behaviours, such as wearing a mask, opening a window, and staying at home if you feel unwell.


Vaccines are the best defence we have against Covid-19. Find out more about getting vaccinated.

Guidance on testing

Most people in England are no longer advised to get tested. There are a small number of people who will still be able to get free Covid-19 tests from the NHS. Find out more about testing.

How to stay safe and prevent the spread

Even if you are fully vaccinated it is still possible to catch and spread Covid-19. The pandemic is not over and we should still stay cautious to help protect ourselves and others.

We should continue to:

  • If you haven't already, get vaccinated
  • Let fresh air in if meeting indoors, or meet outside
  • Consider wearing a face covering in crowded, enclosed spaces
  • Keep washing hands regularly and thoroughly
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes, and follow the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ advice

Advice for staying safe 

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