Glastonbury Festival health warnings on monkeypox, Covid-19 and heat

Festival-goers have been urged to think about their own health and the health of others in Glastonbury this week. Concerns about monkeypox, COVID-19 and heat have prompted warnings from the UK’s Health Protection Agency.

The Glastonbury Festival is taking place from today (Wednesday, 22 June) to Sunday (26 June) and is one of several festivals returning after the cancellation of previous years’ events in the pandemic. There is advice on all three risks as well as general health advice by the UKHSA which you can read below.

COVID-19

The UKHSA has warned that respiratory infections, including Covid-19, are still prevalent. If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as a high temperature, including COVID-19, or don’t feel well enough to do normal activities before the festival, try to stay home and avoid contact with other people. Avoid.

If you become unwell and test positive during the festival, assistance will be available from the festival organizers as outlined in the festival’s COVID-19 policy. Website, You can contact us for COVID-19 support on 01458 558 104 or via email at [email protected] We encourage attendees to familiarize themselves with the recommendations before visiting the festival.

monkeypox

Festival-goers should also be aware that there is currently a transmission of monkeypox in the UK. The infection is mainly spread through direct (skin-to-skin) contact between people, including sexual contact, or close contact with surfaces contaminated with the monkeypox virus.

If you have a rash with blisters, or any other monkeypox symptoms, do not go to events, visit friends, or have sexual contact. Instead, stay home and contact 111 or your local sexual health service for advice. If you have been advised to self-isolate, please continue to do so and you must not attend the celebration without prior approval from the concerned health authority.

Heat

The Southwest region has recently experienced high temperatures, and hot weather can pose a health risk to some people. Festival guests are reminded to stay safe during periods of hot weather, especially when the festival rolls around.

Remember to carry plenty of water with you and consume it throughout the day, wear sun creams and sun hats and avoid excessive alcohol. Remember to see each other. Keep an eye out for signs of heat-related damage in yourself, your friends, and others around the festival.

Signs include:

  • Headache
  • dizziness and confusion
  • loss of appetite and feeling sick
  • excessive sweating and pale, clammy skin
  • Arm, leg and abdominal cramps
  • rapid breathing or pulse
  • High temperature of 38C or more
  • feeling very thirsty

If you experience any of these symptoms, drink some water or diluted fruit juice to rehydrate, find a shaded place to sit and rest, and avoid excess alcohol. If the symptoms do not go away after 30 minutes of rest, seek help from one of the medical centers at the festival.

Dr Bayad Nojad, Health Protection Consultant at UKHSA South West, said: “There are some simple steps that festival visitors can take to prevent the spread of respiratory infections, including COVID-19. These include getting vaccinated, practicing good hygiene, and wearing a face cover or face mask.

“As the number of monkeypox continues to rise and with many summer events and festivals, we are reminding people to be aware of the symptoms of monkeypox to help prevent further spread and protect others. If you have been advised to isolate because of monkeypox, please continue to do so.”

Professor Trudy Grant, Somerset County Council’s director of public health, said: “Keeping yourself safe on the weekend is paramount. Most health risks can be avoided by taking simple steps to help protect yourself. Regular good hygiene makes the most It can help prevent the spread of germs and infections, and remembering to keep yourself cool and avoid excess alcohol can help keep you safe during hot weather.”

how to festival safely

  • Familiarize yourself with the COVID and other health and safety advice on the Glastonbury Festival website before you visit, and encourage your friends to do the same.
  • Avoid traveling if you are feeling seriously unwell.
  • Stay hydrated and avoid excessive alcohol consumption, especially in hot weather
  • Wash hands regularly and carry hand sanitizer with you – and carry a face cover/face mask with you if needed
  • Never take a barbecue into a tent – ​​even when out in the fresh air, carbon monoxide can build up to levels that can kill very quickly in enclosed spaces
  • If you are cooking – wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly and cook meat thoroughly to avoid food poisoning
  • Stay safe in the sun by using sun lotion, wearing a hat, and seeking shade during the hottest parts of the day
  • Wear protection when having sex, but recognize that it may not prevent transmission of certain infections, such as monkeypox
  • Get advice if you become unwell – there are medical facilities around the festival site, including two dispensing and retail pharmacies

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