Local GPs, nurses and NHS managers feature in a series of  new films highlighting the simple steps everyone can take to keep themselves and their community safe.

The films, recorded in English, Punjabi and Gujarati, are currently being shared on social media.  They are part of a wider effort being taken by Kirklees Council, the NHS and partner organisations across Kirklees to help bring down the rates of COVID-19 locally.

The films explain that the virus is still circulating in Kirklees and provide advice on how we can all work together to stop the spread.   This includes regular hand washing, social distancing, and wearing face coverings when this is required – such as in shops and on public transport, and when it’s hard to stay away from other people.

They also describe the main symptoms of the virus and encourage people who think they may have COVID-19 to get a test as soon as possible and stay at home until they get the results.

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, book a test by calling the free NHS phone line 119 or visit the NHS website.

The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • a high temperature– this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, 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 or change to your sense of smell or taste– this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.