In these uncertain, everchanging times, it is more important than ever to keep informed and do your bit. When it comes to COVID-19, there are some simple ways that we can help to the spread of the virus. From washing your hands to staying at home, here's how to stop Coronavirus from spreading.
1. Stay home
In following the Government's advice, you should stay at home and avoid going out. This is the best weapon we have in our arsenal when it comes to fighting COVID-19. Less people out and about means less people at risk of infection or spreading the virus further.
2. Social distancing
If you do need to go out for essentials, i.e. grocery shopping, medical care, compassionate needs, work, education, or exercise, there are some guidelines you need to follow.
- Stay 1.5m away from others
- You can only go outside with one other person (unless you all live under the same roof)
3. Cover your cough
Keeping your germs to yourself is a great way to fight the spread of COVID-19. By sneezing and coughing into your elbow or a tissue, you will help decrease the chance of potentially passing on anything nasty.
4. Wash your hands
Washing your hands is essential. And if you're not in reach of soap and water, use hand sanitiser. The virus survives on our hands for only about 10 minutes. In that time many things can happen like rubbing the eyes or touching your mouth, which allows the virus to potentially enter your body. For this reason, washing and disinfecting your hands is very important.
5. Keep on top of household cleaning
When the virus is on hard surfaces it can survive for about 12 hours. So, it is imperative that you stick to a strict cleaning schedule with a focus on hard surfaces like doors, appliances, tables, bench tops and railings. And as an added level of protection, make sure everyone at home is washing and disinfecting their hands thoroughly.
When it comes to clothing, the virus can live on cloth and material for about 6-12 hours. Lucky for us, standard detergents can kill it. For things that cannot be washed, make sure they are exposed to sunlight and, where possible, leave windows open to let fresh air in and keep your home well ventilated.