How we can help to prevent Virus spread

The current worldwide spread of the Coronavirus and resulting deaths, even with the huge preventative efforts by Countries around the world, reminds us that the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that everyone can help prevent the spread of all virus diseases by regularly and thoroughly cleaning our hands, due to this killing any viruses that may be on your hands, especially those spread by droplets from sneezing and coughing . This hand cleaning can be regarded as a first line of defence.

The World Health Organisation have released a guide to show us how to do this properly, and it is shown below.

To Protect Yourself:

  • Clean your hands regularly.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water, and dry them thoroughly.
  • Use alcohol-based handrub if you don’t have immediate access to soap and water.

How do I wash my hands properly?

Washing your hands properly takes about as long as singing “Happy Birthday” twice,
using the images below.

Series of images showing how to wash your hands, as per World Health Organisation.

Studies continue to show that good hand hygiene has a major impact in the spread of viruses, and that it is a simple and effective solution to reduce both the spread of infection and multiresistant germs. This hand hygiene advice includes everyone, even health care professionals where it can help to strengthen their safety climate.

It can also serve as a suitable time to review how often and when you wash your hands, especially when going to the toilet or handling food.

Information about other basic preventative measures relative to the Coronavirus have been released by the WHO and are on their web site.


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