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Wearing face coverings and social distancing does reduce Covid risk, ONS data shows

People who had any physical contact with those aged under 18 years were more likely to test positive for COVID-19 than people who had not.

According to figures released this evening by The Office for National Statistics – this is one of several behavioural characteristics associated with testing positive identified for the fortnight ending 29 January 2022, while taking other demographics and characteristics into account.

In the same time period of the fortnight ending 29 January 2022:

– school aged children who reported never wearing a face covering at school were more likely to test positive than children who reported always wearing a face covering.

– school aged children who reported not needing to wear a face covering in enclosed spaces were more likely to test positive than children who reported always wearing a face covering.

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– people who had 1 to 10 physical contacts with 18- to 69-year-olds were more likely to test positive than people who had no physical contact with 18- to 69-year-olds.

– those who spent more time socialising with others outside their household continued to be more likely to test positive.

– Adults who reported sometimes or never wearing a face covering at work were more likely to test positive than adults who reported always wearing a face covering.

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