26 Oct 2020

As the number of coronavirus cases and people hospitalised with Covid-19 in St Helens continue to rise, a local GP urges residents take steps to stay fit and healthy to try and combat the virus.

Dr Mike Ejunoneatse, local GP and deputy chair of NHS St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “The pandemic has turned all of our lives and routines upside down which can make it hard to maintain healthy lifestyle habits.

“The truth is that extra weight does put extra pressure on your body which makes it harder for you to fight viruses like COVID-19.

“Making little changes to your lifestyle though could have some amazing results. Try to eat healthier well-balanced meals, drink more water, get plenty of sleep and exercise regularly.

“Giving up smoking and reducing the amount of alcohol you drink can be really beneficial to your health. Also, taking a vitamin D supplement during the winter as we spend more time indoors can help keep your bones and teeth strong and healthy.

“Making these changes to your day-to-day life will really help to improve your general health wellbeing.

“The important part we all have to play in protecting the community and the most vulnerable from Covid-19 is to continue to follow local guidance in place. Find the latest guidelines on the St Helens Council website.”

Sue Forster, Director of Public Health for St Helens Borough Council, said: “As winter approaches, Covid-19 cases continue to be high and new lockdown restrictions are introduced it’s more important than ever to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

“In St Helens we are seeing more and more people getting ill with Covid-19 and hospital admissions are rising. We all really need to pull together to stop the spread of the virus and save lives by following the measures in place.

“To protect yourself and others remember Hands – Face - Space. Wash hands thoroughly, wear a face covering and keep a 2 meters distance from others.”

If you have any of the main symptoms of Coronavirus, get a test as soon as possible and stay at home and do not have visitors until you get the test result.

The main symptoms are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

If you have one or more of these, or you have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace, get a free coronavirus test online through the GOV.UK website, if you have problems using the online service call: 119.

NHS Better Health provides support and resources to help you kickstart back to good health.

https://www.sthelenswellbeing.org.uk/pages/about-us provides specific support for health and wellbeing for St Helens residents.

https://kindtoyourmind.org/alma/ provides online support to improve your wellbeing.

Every Mind Matters has lots of expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.