Brits With a Negative COVID Test can hug their elderly loved ones in care homes from TODAY

BRITS With Negative a COVID Test can hug their elderly loved ones in care homes from TODAY as Rapid Testing Roll-Out Begins.

BRITS can hug and hold hands with elderly relatives in care homes if they test negative for Covid, with visits starting again today. More than a million coronavirus tests and extra PPE supplies are being rolled out to care homes in England to enable the elderly to see their loved ones. Ministers have announced that a national roll-out of lateral flow tests means those who test negative for coronavirus will be able to visit their loved ones in care homes.

Some families have sadly only seen loved ones through screens for the last eight months after face-to-face visits were banned. Visits should be allowed in all three tiers unless there is an outbreak in the care home, the Department of Health said. It stressed that visitors should minimise contact as much as possible and wear personal protective equipment (PPE) to help protect their loved ones.

But its guidance says hand-holding and hugging may be possible if other infection control measures are followed. The guidance reads: “If a visitor has a negative test, is wearing appropriate PPE, and following other infection control measures then it may be possible for visitors to have physical contact with their loved one, such as providing personal care, holding hands and a hug, although contact should be limited to reduce the risk of transmission which will generally be increased by very close contact.”


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