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While the United Kingdom begins the dance to reopen during the Coronavirus, we need to be prepared to take one step forward and two steps back. As each cautious step is taken to ease lockdown measures, we must keep in mind that it may be necessary to lock down again if COVID cases flare up.
Current government guidelines maintain that “we can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:
Stay at home as much as possible.
Work from home if you can.
Limit contact with other people.
Keep your distance from people not in your household (2 metres apart where possible).
Wash your hands regularly.”
While the Center for Disease Control recommends hand washing with soap and water for 20 seconds whenever possible, hand washing facilities are not always readily available. In these instances, studies have shown that hand sanitisers are an acceptable alternative on the go if they contain at least 60% alcohol.
Alcohol-based hand sanitiser must be applied properly – using the manufacturer’s recommended amount and letting the sanitiser dry on the hands without wiping it off. It may not prove quite as effective when hands are heavily soiled or greasy, for which instances soap and water is a better option if feasible.
Hand sanitiser is not recommended for certain germs such as Cryptosporidium, norovirus and Clostridium difficile (sometimes called C diff) but is effective at killing Coronavirus when used properly. These products are dangerous when ingested, making them less ideal for situations where young children do not have one-on-one supervision.
Another effective method to control the virus is to clean frequently touched surfaces in homes and businesses with disposable disinfectant wipes. The availability of these wipes can be especially important where hands may have contact with infected surfaces such as door handles, supermarket trolley handles or where tools or sports equipment require on the spot cleaning. Willis Systems manufactures a mobile hygiene station that does not require hook-ups and can be placed anywhere it is needed.
Mobile sanitizing stations can be especially useful infection control for public spaces or workplaces providing both hand wipes and sanitising gel at point of use.
Wherever possible it has been advised to wear gloves and an apron when cleaning. If the area being cleaned is known to be infected with COVID-19, protection should be worn over the eyes, nose and mouth in addition to gloves and an apron. All protective equipment used during cleaning should be double-bagged and stored securely for 72 hours before being thrown away in a regular rubbish bin. It is still unknown how long COVID-19 can survive in each environment, but similar viruses in the past have shown the risk to decrease significantly after 72 hours.
The Health and Safety Executive is regulating hand sanitisers and surface disinfectants under Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) to ensure they do not harm people, pets or the environment. They have compiled a database to help businesses and individuals choose the best products given their specific requirements. Some suitable products may not currently be listed in their database if they contain active ingredients which are still under review.
It is important that we are mindful of our actions whenever we are outside our homes. Sanitising both our hands and frequently touched surfaces are two of the most important steps we can take to curb the spread of the virus.