3 tips to prevent Covid-19

20/04/20

Covid-19, or coronavirus, is a new and highly infectious virus that has spread to over 180 countries or territories in the world in just a few months. The effects are varied – some people report mild symptoms, others are asymptomatic – but for some, the effects are lethal. At the time of writing, Covid-19 has claimed over 16,000 lives in the UK.

There is no vaccine yet, but each country has issued its own set of guidelines to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. Some advice is broadly unchallenged, however the wearing of masks has seen governments take varying stances. In the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended people wear face cloths where possible. Donald Trump, however, has said this is voluntary. Here in the UK, the government has said face masks are only necessary for those who are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms or who are isolating with others who are sick.

As conflicting information on what constitutes hygiene best practice can be confusing at this time, we’ve put together this guide to help UK residents ensure they do their best to reduce the spread of the disease by following these three steps:

Wash your hands
Your hands are particularly good at picking up and spreading infection. Each time you touch a contaminated surface – by perhaps picking something up or opening a door and then touching your face – you are at risk of contamination. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) it is not certain how long the virus that causes COVID-19 survives on surfaces, but it seems to behave like other coronavirus strains. Studies suggest surfaces can be contaminated for a few hours or even up to several days. The only way to decontaminate your hands is by washing them thoroughly with soap and water – or a sanitising handwash  – for up to 20 seconds, or for as long as it takes you to sing ‘Happy Birthday.’ If you are not able to wash your hands immediately, sanitiser made with alcohol can be rubbed into the hands to kill germs. The BBC has a good video that shows how easy it is for germs to remain on the hands if they are not cleaned thoroughly.

Wear gloves
Well-fitting, plastic gloves can be worn to help prevent the spread of the virus. Key workers – those who might be working in hospitals and schools, will be encouraged where possible to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) which would include gloves. However, Public Health England has recommended that while gloves are good at preventing spread, people should be sure to remove and dispose of gloves safely and should continue to practice good hygiene and wash their hands.

Regularly disinfect surfaces
To prevent the spread of germs in your homes and workplaces, make sure you regularly clean tables and other surfaces with hot soapy water or disinfectant. The NHS recommends that you focus more of your efforts on areas you are more likely to be using – such as a kitchen, bathroom and of course – door handles. 

Please note, if you have mild symptoms - such as a new continuous cough or a high temperature above 37.8C – you should self-isolate at home for at least seven days, and refer to the latest advice issued by PHE.

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