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On Wednesday 7th April, we celebrate World Health Day. This is an awareness day organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to invite all to build a healthier world.
Each year, World Health Day draws worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health. For World Health Day 2021, WHO have chosen the theme of ‘Building a fairer, healthier world’ with the focus this year being on inequality.
World Health Day during a global pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted inequality in relation to health and access to healthcare. With millions of people throughout the world struggling to cope physically, financially, and emotionally to the current crisis and finding their livelihoods at stake as a result of the pandemic having a negative impact on their health and finances.
World Health Day 2021 brings light to inequality in health care and WHO’s commitment ‘to ensuring that everyone, everywhere, can realize the right to good health’ (WHO 2021).
WHO argue that access to sufficient health care should not be a luxury reserved for the few, and poor health is unfair and preventable.
For World Health Day 2021, the WHO is calling on leaders from around the globe to support everyone to have living and working conditions that are conducive to good health. In addition, they are asking leaders to monitor health inequities so that all may access quality health care at any point that they need it, especially in times of a pandemic such as the one that continues to affect so many.
Supporting good health during the coronavirus pandemic
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and there are still lockdown restrictions in place here in the UK, here are a few tips on maintaining good health and avoiding the spread of coronavirus.
Washing your hands: Often, and with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
Sanitise: If you don’t have access to water and soap e.g. on public transport, clean your hands with a hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Social distancing: Continue to limit contact with others and try to keep 2-metres distance. Ensure that you are not making non-essential trips out, working from home (where possible), and wear a face covering (unless medically exempt) in public areas such as when on public transport or in shops.
Vaccine: Here in the UK—at the time of writing—the vaccine programme is well underway with millions having been vaccinated since the beginning of 2021. You will be contacted by the NHS via your GP (or in some cases your employer) when it is your turn to access the coronavirus vaccine.
What to do if you are sick or feel that you may have contracted coronavirus
If you feel a though you are showing the symptoms of COVID-19, you should complete the NHS 111 online assessment here and follow their advice. You will need to isolate and book a test via the GOV.UK website to be directed to your local testing facility or arrange for one to be sent to you in the post.
To keep yourself well informed, make sure that you keep up to date with the latest developments and guidelines by visiting the UK and ROI government websites.
If you need to access to any support, our conﬁdential helpline is available 24/7, 365.
Alternatively, if you have access to our My Healthy Advantage app, you can view a variety of resources including our video series, BrightTV, featuring a variety of well-known names sharing their personal experiences with mental health.
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