We should all be practising good personal hygiene all year round. This should be upped during flu season and also at times like the present, when the nation is experiencing cases of Coronavirus (Covid-19).
Practicing good personal hygiene not only keeps you safe from germs but keeps other people safe too.
The risk of individuals catching Coronavirus is low, so there is no cause for alarm. However, there are some simple things you can do to reduce any risk.
Wash your hands
It sounds simple, and we should all be doing this on a regular basis anyway, but ensure your hands are washed thoroughly, especially after using the toilet. You should use warm water and soap and scrub them for at least 20 seconds. Don’t forget to include your thumbs and hand backs.
Catch it, bin it, kill it
Use a tissue when coughing or sneezing and throw it in the bin straight away after use. Wash your hands again thoroughly after or use a hand sanitiser.
Clean surfaces such as handles, taps and worktops, that might get droplets on them from coughs and sneezes.
Public Health England says that ‘it remains very unlikely that people receiving care in a care home or the community will become infected’. There is currently no vaccine for the virus. Avoid infection by practicing good personal hygiene and avoiding close contact with people who might be infected.
Our carers are currently receiving weekly bulletin updates regarding Coronavirus and always practice excellent personal hygiene as they are regularly coming into contact with service users. They are also trained in looking after service user’s personal hygiene and will continue to do so as normal.
If you do become unwell or suspect you may have been exposed to Covid-19, call NHS 111.