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Spread the facts not the virus

Dr Oliver Dray

NHS Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group is launching a new campaign to ensure that everyone, particularly younger people, knows the facts about what can be done to help beat COVID-19.

The first of its kind to talk to young people, the initiative is a collaboration between the NHS and local councils in Cheshire and Merseyside. Using the channels young people engage with, the campaign aims to make the facts clear and will run for six weeks.

Research shows that young people want facts and clarity on how to play their part.

The ‘Spread the facts’ campaign features young people working in health and care. NHS workers, including young doctors, nurses and support workers, share their experiences of working throughout the pandemic.

Dr Oliver Dray, 26 (pictured), a Doctor at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: "Please believe in this campaign. We’re all fed up of Coronavirus but there are still short-term sacrifices we all need to still make to come through this pandemic. My colleagues and I have a difficult winter ahead, and we’d greatly appreciate your support.

"Despite younger people being at a slightly lower risk, there is still a risk, and they are still vulnerable to this horrible infection. My fit and well 27-year-old friend was very severely infected by COVID-19 during the first wave - he required intensive care admission - and although is on the mend he is still suffering the adverse effects of the infection.

“It doesn't discriminate, and it can affect multiple different people, completely fit in well to those that are the most vulnerable.

“This campaign is about combating the virus and reducing the spread to others. Whilst the vaccine and a positive outcome might be in sight, there’s still a good few months of winter to get through.

"From me, and my colleagues, please, let’s everyone keep your distance, wear a mask, wash your hands – be part of the solution.”