The Corona Virus outbreak is impacting us all in almost every aspect of our lives. There is so much fake news and conflicting advice floating about on social media, we have decided to compile all the important advice and guidance. From trusted sources like the NHS, Public Health England and The World Health Organisation – we’ll help keep you informed about the correct advice to follow to keep yourself, and your family safe, in these uncertain times.
The most up to date NHS guidelines and Government recommendations suggest that to help stop the spread of the virus, we stay home to save lives. This means, if we are not key workers, to work remotely using tools like Skype, Microsoft Teams or other video conferencing software that is readily available – and often provided for free. As an employer, self-employed person or worker, taking the pledge to work remotely or instructing your staff to work remotely is the only responsible thing to do which ensures we will save countless lives. And with the British government pledging a sum of £350 billion, in the form of an economic stimulus package, to cover wages up to 80%, the provision of mortgage holidays of up to three months and cutting business rates for a year – there is every incentive and ample support to comply.
Cleanliness is also another really simple way for us all to help combat this virus. The World Health Organization details that the virus can linger on surfaces, for anywhere between a few hours and several days (depending on environmental conditions). So ensuring we are wiping surfaces before and after use is key to helping sanitise your environment. Be that phones, computers, food prep surfaces or door handles. Similarly, as we know, even if a country is in ‘Lockdown’ food stores will still be open for people to get groceries. When going out for supplies, in addition to keeping a safe distance of around 2 meters from other shoppers, taking a wipe to trolley or basket handles or even wearing gloves is another way of keeping yourself, your family and vulnerable people safe and well.
In a similar way we must keep ourselves thoroughly clean and wash or sanitise our hands regularly. Professor Palli Thordarson of the University of New South Wales, in an interview with Bloomberg, suggests that soap molecules destabilise the lipid membrane of the virus, making it weaker and tears it apart making the virus “inactive and dead”; which is why all governments, health organisations and public bodies are asking us to wash our hands for a minimum of 20 seconds, ensuring to get under the fingernails, between the fingers (not forgetting thumbs) and the backs of our hands. Hand sanitiser gels are also a really good method of killing the virus on our skin. But people have the tendency to apply the sanitiser incorrectly, forgetting to interlace the fingers and rub the product fully into every part of the hand. So when using sanitiser, don’t just put enough on to cover the palms of the hands – apply liberally and be sure to pay attention to the backs of hands, nails and individual fingers and thumbs to make it work to its full potential – for your own safety.