What are the best ways to reduce the chances of contracting Coronavirus?
There is no one single way to reduce your chances of contracting COVID19, but a series of easy to implement practical ways to lower your chances of contracting and also spreading this disease.
Each of these suggestions is not effective on its own, but stacked together will offer you enhanced protection.
In this article, we will look a three of the easiest ways to lower your risks of contracting COVID19.
Alcohol hand sanitisers:Alcohol hand gel is also known as hand-rub is a quick easy way to kill viruses, germs, bacteria and clean your hands.
Soap and hand sanitisers work in a very similar way to one another. Using a regular bar of antibacterial soap or one of the hands-free dispensing pump soaps causes the virus to dissipate and fall apart stopping it from bind to our cells, it does this by simply dissolving the lip layer of the skin.
It is recommended by health care professionals to use a hand sanitiser that is at least 60% alcohol. At this level, the hand sanitiser effectively kills the coronavirus and other viruses. The level of between 60-95% alcohol is required to deem the virus as inactive.
Many hand sanitiser gels contain one or more forms of alcohol:
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Or a combination of both
In order for hand sanitiser to be effective, you have to ensure your hands are reasonably free of dirt, grease and sweat. Should not be the case you can overcome it by being more generous with the amount of hand gel you are using.
Using a hand sanitiser regularly can cause skin irritation, so ensure that you also moisturise.
Virus eliminating hand sanitizers are effective in:
- Eliminating bacteria/viruses
- Instant protection
- Various sizes available
- Removes odours
- Water is not required
- Great protective addition to N95 Face Masks
- Easy to carry with you
- Instant sanitisation
Washing your hand thoroughly will help to reduce spread & infection.
Washing your hands with soap and water just isn’t accessible all the time as many of the places around us are now closed as of the time of writing this article. Therefore having a pocket-sized tube of alcohol-based hand sanitiser is a quick and easy way to help you protect yourself and others.
Many healthcare practitioners recommend cleaning your hands in a specific way to avoid getting sick and spreading germs.
The NHS guidelines can be found here.
How to wash your hand properly to protect against coronavirus:
- To wash your hand effectively should take at least 20 seconds
- Choose an antibacterial soap (preferred)
- Use enough soap to completely cover your hands
- Rub your hands together to ensure coverage of soap over both hands
- Use one of your hands to rub the back of the other hand and in between your fingers
- Repeat the process above for both hands, maybe do this a couple of times to be sure
- Take both of your hands and thoroughly clean between each finger and don’t forget those thumbs
- Use the back of your fingers to rub against the back of your palms
- Next, time for the thumbs, rub your thumb against to your free hands and repeat for the other side
- For the tips of your fingers, rub these on the palms of your hands and then repeat
- We’re nearly done, next rinse your hands thoroughly with warm water
- Dry your hands with a towel preferably a paper towel
- The last step, use the paper towel to turn off the tap
Hand sanitizers are a perfect addition to your facemasks UK and increase your protection from contracting the coronavirus.
When are the best times to wash your hands?
We would say to wash your hands as often as possible to mostly if & when:
If you do not have immediate access to soap water and a sink then use a handy alcohol-based hand sanitiser if available.
Ones to think about:
- You should wash your sanitise your hands after:
- Travelling on public transport
- Touching doors/handles and opening-closing doors windows
- Returning home from exercise after being out in public
- Whenever you are in contact with someone not wearing gloves or PPE
- Example: receiving and unpacking goods from a delivery driver
The obvious ones:
- After using the toilet or visiting the bathroom
- Preparing food best practice is to was them both before and after
- Handling raw foods like meats or veg
- Sneezing or blowing your nose
- If trading or tending to an open wound
- After petting animals dogs, cats, reptiles etc
- Cleaning animal cages or beds
If you follow the steps above and have washed you hands using the guidelines you would have removed viruses, bacteria & dirt, lowering the risk of spreading to other people around you and inanimate objects where the virus or bacteria can remain for days or sometimes even weeks.
Correct handwashing can help prevent other people from picking up infections and spreading them to others.
Being responsible and taking all these measures can help to stop spreading infections when might be helping a neighbour/colleague or visiting someone in a hospital or another healthcare setting like a care home.
Government guidance now says wearing a face mask protects you & stops the spread.
Is a safe way to help slow down and stem the spread of COVID19. The guidance is saying in the instances when you have are within the recommended 2m guide of public distancing/social distancing for example when you are on public transport, buses, trains and the underground that you should be wearing a face mask.