Dr Mark Dziobon, local GP and Medical Director for the Pennine Lancashire CCGs, said:
“Locally, doctors are very concerned about the rising infection rates in Lancashire and South Cumbria. Covid-19 is a serious disease and there is still no cure or vaccine – sadly this means the number of people who die will increase. While we have learned lots about this disease since the start of the pandemic – and new treatments are available – the long term effects can be debilitating – even for young, fit people who originally had mild symptoms. Hospitals are continuing to provide care for non-Covid patients and it is important that anyone with concerns continues to come forward for help and treatment. It’s no secret that, as infections rise, so do hospital admissions, that’s why it is really important that everyone takes action now to prevent more people getting sick from this disease.
“The important role that we can all play is following local guidance, which has been put in place to protect us, and encouraging our families and friends to do the same. Everyone should be thinking wash hands regularly, wear a face mask in enclosed public spaces and keep your distance from others. If everyone plays their part to prevent the spread, collectively we can get through this.”