Stop the spread of the virus

We can all help to stop the spread of the virus and reduce the risk of illness. After all, it’s #NotTooMuchToMask.


That’s the message from the NHS Confederation, which has launched a national campaign encouraging people to remain cautious and continue to do things that can reduce the spread of Covid-19 as we start to live without the legal restrictions in place.

Called It’s #NotTooMuchToMask, it’s about making choices that help us all work together to help minimise the spread of coronavirus, and asks the public to make five pledges:

  1. Wear a face mask or covering, if not exempt, including where not wearing one could make someone feel unsafe.
  2. Do what you can to keep indoor spaces well ventilated and opt for meeting outdoors, where possible.
  3. Clean hands regularly, including before and after social contact with those outside your household.
  4. Get tested, support contact-tracing measures and self-isolate when required.
  5. Make sure you get both doses of the coronavirus vaccine when asked and that friends and family to do the same.

The campaign is already being supported by a large number of health and care organisations, and St Hugh’s is proud to be on board. We will be using social media to encourage people to take on the five pledges.

A spokesperson from the NHS Confederation said: “The remaining lockdown restrictions in England have lifted and alongside that, legal requirements around wearing face masks and social distancing are being removed.   

“The coronavirus vaccination programme has been a phenomenal success and for those fully vaccinated has significantly reduced infection, ill health and death. 

“However, not everyone has received two doses of the vaccine yet and for some, their immune systems still make them vulnerable to infection.    

This is worrying as the more transmissible Delta variant of coronavirus continues to spread across the country, hospital admissions and illness in the community are going up, and experts predict we will see 100,000 confirmed cases of the disease a day over the summer.   

“We are clear that although the law has changed, now is not the time for the public to let down its guard.    

“We know that many members of the public will want to continue to make sensible and cautious choices on how they go about their lives, and we stand in solidarity of them.

“The NHS Confederation, alongside other organisations, is calling on the public to pledge to keep themselves and others safe. After all, it is #NotTooMuchToMask.”