Measures you can Take to Help Get Rid of Covid-19 Coronavirus

Unfortunately we are currently living in a scary time. A global pandemic was never anything that any of us had…

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Unfortunately we are currently living in a scary time. A global pandemic was never anything that any of us had expected to happen in our lifetimes. As we face coronavirus head on, we each have a duty to work together to help get rid of the coronavirus. We have put together just a handful of measures you can take to help get rid of Covid-19 Coronavirus.

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We still have much to learn about coronavirus, or Covid-19, including what causes it and how to combat it. We know that the most common spread of the virus is through person-to person close contact. Transmission of the virus occurs through respiratory droplets when there is person-to-person close contact within 2 metres. 

We all know that social distancing is important, but it can often be forgotten when in the comfort of one’s own home. It is so new to us that it can be hard to always follow the government advice at work and in day to day life. We have laid the advice out clearly so that you can adhere to the rules and help eliminate Covid-19

Not only is it possible for the virus to be transferred this way, but through touching surfaces that have been touched by an infected person who may have passed on droplets. Transmission between people is more common than transmission through objects and surfaces such as doorknobs, countertops, handles e.c.t, however, it is still important to ensure that all surfaces in the home are clean. This creates a safe home environment for you and your family; therefore it is crucial to know the cleaning products that kill Covid-19 Coronavirus.

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General Measures you can take to get rid of Covid-19 Coronavirus

According to the NHS (2020) there are certain things to do and not to do that will help yourself and others to reduce the risk of getting ill with Coronavirus. It is important to note that you can spread the virus even if you do not have symptoms so follow the guidelines where necessary and stay inside if you have been exposed to someone with the virus. 

The following are a general set of guidelines on how to stay safe and practice social distancing when out of your home. These are mainly focussed on cleanliness and how to make sure that you are avoiding the spread of infection by keeping your hands clean and not coming into contact with too many people outside of your household. 

Do:

  • Try to stay at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from anyone you do not live with (or anyone not in your support bubble)
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you sneeze or cough
  • Put used tissues in the bin immediately after coughing or sneezing and then wash your hands
  • Wear a face covering when instructed to outside of your home (for example in supermarkets)

Don’t

  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth if your hands are not clean 
  • Meet socially with more than 6 people that are not in your support bubble
  • Take off your face covering to speak to people when you have been instructed to wear one
  • Go out if you think that you have any symptoms of Coronavirus

Symptoms

So that this guide is as clear as possible on social distancing measures, it is important to be reminded of the symptoms to look out for so that you can help to reduce the risk of infection. 

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms (NHS 2020).

What to do if you have symptoms:

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

  1. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
  2. You and anyone you live with should stay at home and not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.

Anyone in your support bubble should also stay at home if you have been in close contact with them since your symptoms started or during the 48 hours before they started (NHS 2020). 

Social Distancing Measures you can Take to Help Get Rid of Covid-19 Coronavirus

As per everywhere else, staff members must stay 2 metres apart from each other where possible. This may mean that businesses need to enact one way systems, put up screens, put in barriers, or ask staff to wear face coverings. 

Different measures will apply to different businesses and buildings; however, the main point is to keep people safe, the 2 metre distance rule must be strictly adhered to as it reduces the risk of infection. 

Measures you can take to get rid of Covid-19 Coronavirus At Home

Social distancing does not really apply to your home as this is where you are safe from the risk of infection. It is, however, important to make sure that you are washing your hands as soon as you enter your home for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. 

As well as washing your hands, you are going to want to clean surfaces and doorhandles more regularly. Doing this will protect you from any potential germs that have been brought into the house unknowingly as there are areas in the home that we touch more than others. 

There are areas in the home that you come in contact with regularly during day-to-day life that should be taken care of to ensure that germs are not spread around the house. The following are examples of the areas that are touched often:

  • Door handles
  • Appliance handles ex. Fridge, oven, and microwave handle
  • Light switches
  • Faucets and sinks
  • Toilet flusher
  • Staircase railing
  • Computer keyboard and mouse
  • Handheld electronics and remotes ex. Games controller, TV remote, phones, tablets
  • Kitchen surfaces

There are, of course, other surfaces and areas of the house that need to be cleaned often, especially during this uncertain time. Therefore, we must stress the importance of cleaning and using the right cleaning products that kill COVID-19. 

Using cleaning products that are anti-bacterial will help to remove the germs but will not kill them. If you are wanting to make sure that all surfaces and ‘touch points’ in your home are free from germs, then you will need to disinfect them. 

There are store-bought cleaners that will do the job for you, including telling you how long to leave the cleaner on the surface for and the best way to remove it. There are, however, more DIY options that you can do yourself too.

Diluted household bleach solutions can be used if appropriate for the surface that needs cleaning. This will be effective against Coronavirus if the bleach is properly diluted and used as followed:

The bleach must contain 5.25–8.25% sodium hypochlorite. Do not use a bleach product if the percentage is not in this range or is not specified. This is to keep everyone safe as large amounts of chemicals can be dangerous if not used properly. 

It is of course important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions, ensuring that the product is on the surface for the recommended amount of time so that it can be used effectively.

Also make sure that the bleach is within it’s expiry date and check online before you start mixing bleach with other cleaners as this can create dangerous fumes. The best way to dilute the bleach is with room temperature water as this solution is safe in that it does not emit fumes and will also get the job done. 

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Measures you can take to get rid of Covid-19 Coronavirus At Work

The current coronavirus advice is that anyone who can work effectively from home should do so. If you are in a position where your workplace is open, then you should be sure to follow government advice on staying safe. To help you understand what this means, we have put together this guide all on social distancing in the workplace. 

GOV.UK has a list of guides on working safely during the coronavirus and social distancing in the workplace that explains the control measures that different types of business should consider. These cover construction, factories, offices, vehicle use and other types of work in England where employees will not be able to work from home due to the nature of work. 

In general, there are measures that can be put in place to maintain social distancing in the workplace in the instances where employees are still required to go into work. These include but are not limited to:

  • using floor tape or paint to mark work areas
  • providing signage to remind people to keep a 2 m distance
  • having people working side-by-side rather than face-to-face
  • maximising ventilation 
  • limiting movement of people:
    • rotating between jobs and equipment
    • using lifts and work vehicles
    • in high-traffic areas like corridors, turnstiles, and walkways
    • allow only essential trips within buildings and between sites

Those who are going into work should make sure that they are frequently washing their hands thoroughly with water and soap for at least 20 seconds, or if not accessible then they should be hand sanitising regularly. 

Measures you can take to get rid of Covid-19 Coronavirus When on Public Transport

Occasionally, there are times where using public transport is unavoidable. It is advised to try and use a different method of transport, however, there are precautions to think about if you do need to use public transport. 

According to gov.uk (2020), there are certain things that you can do to help control Coronavirus, including:

  • Checking the local COVID alert level before travelling
  • Observing social distancing rules
  • Wearing a face covering at all times when on public transport 
  • Washing or sanitising your hands regularly
  • Avoid touching your face, mouth and eyes
  • Avoiding the busiest routes, as well as times such as rush hour
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or the inside of your elbow when coughing or sneezing
  • Travel side by side or behind other people, not opposite 
  • Downloading the official NHS COVID-19 app (if possible) before you travel to check in with the QR code when you see the posters

It also is advised that you should definitely not travel if you:

  • Are experiencing any of the Coronavirus symptoms
  • Share a household or support bubble with someone who has symptoms 
  • Are clinically vulnerable and live in an area where additional public health measures mean you have been advised to resume shielding
  • Have been told by the NHS Test and Trace service or COVID-19 app to self-isolate

It is so important to stress that if you have been told to shield but do not have symptoms you should not leave your house or go on any public transport. You may not be showing symptoms but are still able to pass on the virus to someone else, therefore it is important to stay inside until instructed. 

The current law states that you must wear a face covering while on public transport in England. This includes:

  • Bus or coach
  • Train or tram
  • Ferry
  • Taxi or other private hire vehicle
  • Aircraft
  • Cable car

As well as wearing a face covering while on the transport, you also must wear it in the enclosed areas of transport hubs such as rail stations and airports. This ensures everyone’s safety so if you are refusing to wear a face covering, you could find yourself facing a fine.

There are, however, some who are exempt from wearing a face covering due to their age, health condition, or disability so also be aware and be respectful as not everyone is able to wear a face covering. 

Cleaning Measures You Can Take to Help Get Rid of Covid-19 Coronavirus

Products to Use

Similarly, to when cleaning your hands, soap and water is one of the most effective methods to cleaning surfaces. According to Which.co.uk (2020), Dr Primrose Freestone, Associate Professor in Clinical Microbiology at the University of Leicester explains: 

‘COVID-19 is an enveloped RNA (ribonucleic acid) virus, meaning that proteins and lipids are part of its structure. 

Therefore, detergents by themselves – such as soap and even washing-up liquid – work very well at disrupting the virus structure by dissolving the lipids, which in turn inactivates the virus by stopping it binding to our cells.’

An alcohol-based hand sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol works in a similar way, dissolving lipids in the virus coating.

We’ve mentioned cleaning and disinfecting previously, the best way to make sure that germs are removed from the home to stop them from spreading is by using cleaning products that kill COVID-19, and then following up by disinfecting the surface. 

Antibacterial Products

There are many products in the store that are marked as antibacterial but will not work against a virus like COVID-19. They need to contain at least a 60% alcohol to protect against Coronavirus. 

When buying disinfectant products such as sprays or wipes, then you will need to check it first to see if they work against viruses as well as bacteria. Normal household cleaners would have been perfectly fine to use pre-pandemic, however, to make sure that the house is safe from the virus and spread of the germs, it is crucial to check that they work against the virus. 

Tips for Cleaning Different Surfaces 

Here we are sharing the NHS tips to preventing germs from spreading on different surfaces or objects in the home. We have talked about the cleaning products that kill COVID-19, how they should be used (as per instructions), and how to make and use homemade cleaning products. Now, we are discussing the simple tips to follow to prevent the spread of germs which is particularly important during the fight against Coronavirus.

Toilets

  • Keep the U-bend and toilet bowl clean by flushing after each use
  • Use a toilet cleaner and brush every few days
  • Limescale should be regularly removed using a descaling product
  • Keep the toilet seat, handle, and rim clean by using a disinfectant

Baths, sinks and showers

  • Clean frequently, if they are used regularly
  • Use disinfectant if they have been used by someone who is ill

Kitchen

  • Ensure food-preparation surfaces are clean before use
  • Use separate chopping boards for uncooked food – such as raw meat – and food that does not need cooking, like salad leaves
  • Wash and dry your hands after handling foods such as raw meat
  • Clean surfaces immediately after use

Floors

  • Clean floors regularly with warm water and detergent to remove visible dirt
  • If soiled, the floor should be cleaned using a disposable cloth and warm water, then disinfected – make sure the floor is dry before allowing children on it

Carpet and soft furnishings

  • Steam cleaning is effective against germs on carpets and furnishings
  • Curtains can be cleaned by laundering or disinfected by steam cleaning

Electronics

  • Follow cleaning instructions
  • Consider buying wipeable covers 
  • If no manufacturer guidance is available, consider the use of alcohol-based wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol to disinfect touch screens. 
  • Dry surfaces thoroughly

Toys

  • Clean hard or plastic toys by washing them and putting them away once they are clean and dry
  • Some soft toys can be cleaned in the washing machine

Laundry

  • Wash your hands after handling dirty laundry
  • All underwear, towels and household linen should be washed at 60C (140F) or at 40C (104F) with a bleach-based laundry product to prevent germs from spreading 
  • Do not leave laundry in the washing machine – any remaining germs can multiply rapidly

Waste disposal

  • Foot-operated bins are more hygienic because they reduce the risk of getting germs onto your hands from touching the bin lid
  • Always wash your hands after handling waste material
  • Throw rubbish away carefully to avoid attracting vermin and insects

What Should Be Cleaned

In general, you should aim to clean every surface in the home to keep everyone safe and prevent the spread of germs. There are, however, certain areas that need to be especially cleaned often, for example surfaces that are frequently used such as the kitchen counters. 

There are areas in the home that you come in contact with regularly during day-to-day life that should be taken care of to ensure that germs are not spread around the house. The following are examples of the areas that are touched often:

  • Door handles
  • Appliance handles ex. Fridge, oven, and microwave handle
  • Light switches
  • Faucets and sinks
  • Toilet flush
  • Staircase railing
  • Computer keyboard and mouse
  • Handheld electronics and remotes ex. Games controller, TV remote, phones, tablets
  • Kitchen surfaces

There are, of course, other surfaces and areas of the house that need to be cleaned often, especially during this uncertain time. Therefore, we must stress the importance of cleaning and using the right cleaning products that kill COVID-19. 

Measures you can to help get rid of Covid-19 Coronavirus and Prevent Germs from Spreading

Focussing on the areas where germs are likely to spread is important to have a clean and safe home. The NHS have some general tips to follow to help prevent the spread of germs in your home in terms of the materials that you should be using and how they should be cleaned themselves. 

Cloths and Sponges

  • Use disposable cloths or paper towels when possible
  • Reusable cloths should be disinfected or washed at 60C (140F) after each use

Washing-Up Brushes

  • Wash brushes in a dishwasher regularly or clean with detergent and warm water after each use

Mops and Buckets

  • Use two buckets for mopping – one for detergent and the other for rinsing
  • Mops and buckets should be cleaned and dried after each use

Overview

As we continue to face this unprecedented situation, we must all band together to fight the virus. Although we must make numerous sacrifices right now, this won’t last forever! There are clear measures you can take to help get rid of Covid-19 Coronavirus, which if we all do, will battle this virus. 

One of the most impactful measures you can take to help get rid of Covid-19 Coronavirus is to social distance effectively. Whenever you are around people that are from outside of your support bubble or household, you must adhere to the social distancing rules. This means stay 2 metres apart where possible, with extra precautions needed if you can only stay 1 metre apart. Make sure that you wear a face mask that covers both your mouth and your nose.

Whenever you come back home or in to a ‘safe zone’ like your car, make sure that you use hand sanitiser, or ideally, you wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds.  Ensure that you regularly clean key touch-points in your home with disinfectant. Wipe the doorknobs, light switches, thermostat, bathrooms, and other key areas. This helps to prevent germs from being transmitted in the home.

We know that it is tough, we are all facing this storm together and we will make it through. Do your part, and follow the suggested advice and measures you can take to help get rid of Covid-19 Coronavirus.

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