5 things you can do to protect yourself and the community
Over the last few months, and especially in the last couple of weeks, cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) have been rapidly growing across the globe.
The number of confirmed cases is also expected to keep rising. The UK is preparing for the worst as they predict more cases to rise in the thousands over the next coming weeks.
Boris Johnson and the UK Government have well-established plans ready to deal with the outbreak of the infectious disease and have outlined how members of the public can do their bit to slow down the spread of the virus.
Here’s why it’s important to slow the spread:
- It gives scientists the time to monitor and assess the disease from the evidence that emerges so that they can provide successful treatment
- To ensure that those with severe illnesses and the vulnerable and protected, especially from people who are experiencing mild or no symptoms
- To slow the outbreak and take the pressure off of the NHS, staff, health and public services
In order to make this happen, there are a few easy and effective actions that people can take to protect themselves and especially their community. These actions are:
1. Washing hands and the use of hand sanitiser
One of the easiest ways that we can become infected, or transmit the virus is via droplets from our coughs and sneezes. The virus can be spread by someone simply sneezing or coughing into their hand and then touching a surface, door handle, light switch etc.
The simplest way to fight this is by ensuring your hands are kept clean by washing them soap and water and then using a hand sanitiser to disinfect them and remove any last traces of the virus. For example, Clarisan has been proven to kill the coronavirus within 30 seconds of application.
Hand sanitiser is also exceptionally important for when you are on the move. It should be used when:
- Using public transport
- Getting in and out of cards
- Entrance to offices and departure
- Before and after leaving your home
- Before and after eating food
- After shopping for groceries or handling them
For people experiencing symptoms, or feeling unwell, it’s also important that the coughs and sneezes are caught in a tissue to be safely disposed of or in your arm. After this, you will need to wash your hands to prevent spreading the virus further.
2. Disinfect your home
New evidence has emerged that coronavirus can survive on surfaces for up to three days, it can even survive on cardboard for 24 hours.
Not only this, but it has been found the virus can remain active on your shoes for five days.
The new information has now caused the public to take extra care and protective measures in their home. Here are a few rules:
- Clean down any surfaces with disinfectant where food shopping has come into contact with (ensure that surfaces are completely dry afterwards)
- Keep shoes outside of the home
- Dispose of all food packaging immediately
- Wipe down door handles, faucets, light switches, keys, devices
- Wash clothes at 60C, disinfect your laundry basket after every use and under no circumstances leave your clothes in the washing machine after the wash has ended
For those worrying about the cleaning products that they are using to do this, remember that the virus cannot survive products that contain more than 60% alcohol content. Clarisan comes in a 500ml bottle, which can be used to ensure your home is kept safe.
3. Social distance
One of the best ways to protect your community is by keeping your distance from others. 2m is the recommended amount of distance.
However, when shopping please do bear in mind that other people would have touched the items you are putting in your basket. It is therefore still very important to use hand sanitiser and practice good hand hygiene in these high-risk areas.