Preventing Spread of Infection
Methods to ensure you stay healthy and prevent the spread of infection include:
This remains the simplest, cheapest and most effective way to prevent the spread of infection. You should clean your hands:
• After blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing
• After visiting the toilet or changing a nappy
• Before eating, drinking and handling food
• If your hands are dirty.
You can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available, but remember this will only work on visibly clean hands.
See the WHO advice on how to wash hands effectively, or watch the video below:
1) CATCH them; germs spread easily, so carry and use tissues to catch your cough or sneeze.
2) BIN them; germs can live for several hours on tissues so bin them as soon as you are able.
3) KILL them; hands can transfer germs to any surface you touch so ensure you keep them clean.
Maintain social distancing
Maintaining your social distance means keeping a distance of least 2 metres (3 steps) between yourself and other people, particularly those who are coughing, sneezing and have a fever. Viruses spread quickly through droplets released when someone coughs or sneezes, and when you are too close you increase your risk of breathing in the virus.
Good hygiene practice requires clean surfaces, particularly those you think may be contaminated. Standard cleaning detergents are sufficient.
Avoid those at risk
Be aware of when you are ill, stay home when you need to, seeking advice when appropriate, and ensure you call instead of visiting areas where others are sick or have lowered immunity.
Get your free flu jab
Over 500 consultations took place in the PCC for upper respiratory symptoms in a two week period at the beginning of the year. Ensure you get the flu vaccine to help prevent flu associated complications, potential hospitalisations and the spread to others.
Ensure you and your family are Smoke Free
Quitting smoking, and avoiding second-hand smoke, is one of the single best interventions you can use to improve your health. Early studies into the 2019-nCoV indicate a relationship between smokers infected with the virus and poorer health outcomes. If you are a current smoker, make the decision to quit today.