The best way to avoid COVID-19 is to follow the advice of the government, practice social distancing and wash hands with soap and warm water frequently, lather between fingers, under nails and use a nail brush whenever possible.
Remember, germs are spread mainly by people, poor hand hygiene, in the air and by animals!
We know very little about this new strain of coronavirus and it’s mutations, referred to as SARS-CoV-2, so it is very important to practice good personal hygiene. Ongoing research have demonstrated that some coronavirus strains such as SARS and MERS can survive on items and surfaces up to 28 days, depending on the material.
Like many respiratory viruses, COVID-19 can spread in microscopic droplets when an infected person sneeze or cough. A single cough can produce up to 3,000 droplets and sneezing can travel up to one metre landing on surfaces, items and even clothing. When a contaminated surface is touched, germs are picked up on hands and then transferred to other items and surfaces.
Researchers have also found that flushing toilets without closing the lid can cause tiny droplets of faecal matter to become airborne and land on items and surfaces in the bathroom. Scientists have confirmed that COVID-19 have been found in faecal matter of infected patients, so it is very important to close lids before flushing toilets.
We must all work together in the fight against this deadly virus and take all necessary precautions to prevent the continuing spread, as currently there is no cure for COVID-19 and it can only be controlled through the vaccine programme.
- Wash your hands with soap and water often – for at least 20 seconds
- Use hand sanitiser gel or antibacterial wipes if soap and water is not available
- Wash hands as soon as you get home or have access to soap and water
- Cover mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing
- Dispose of used tissues immediately and wash hands straight away
- Disinfect surfaces and items in the home and work environment several times during the day
- DO NOT INGEST BLEACH, DISINFECTANT OR ANY CHEMICAL CLEANING AGENTS in the belief that it will kill the virus in the body – it will not. Ingesting such chemicals can cause serious harm or even death.
It is estimated that over 32% of the UK population are allergic to chemicals and their fumes, especially those with suppressed immune systems. Please take precautions when using chemical cleaners if you suffer from asthma or any respiratory conditions.