Tips to prepare for Coronavirus and how to avoid catching it

the guide to staying healthy and safe during a pandemic
The coronavirus has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation as confirmed cases continue to rise worldwide and sky rocket in particular areas such as Italy, Spain and America.

Hunter Medical, an accredited health and hygiene company have put together basic steps and advice to keep the public safe and help to reduce the risk of catching the illness and infecting others.

Top tips:

  • Stay at home
  • Keep hands clean with hand sanitiser
  • Keep informed with the latest information and research
  • Don’t panic buy or stockpile – especially face masks
  • However do stock up on essential foods and medicines to last you 14 days

The coronavirus continues its world-wide spread. With more than 800,000 cases across the globe and almost 40,000 deaths there’s no denying that the public need to enforce strict measures to get through these difficult times.

Previous comments about the virus suggested that only the elderly were susceptible, however, this is not the case and no one is safe. It’s important now to follow certain measures to ensure your safety and the safety of others.

The main measure is to not panic. Instead, focus on the points below to help reduce the risk and prepare your family to do their bit in also protecting others.

Stay home

You need to stay home, regardless of your age, whether or not you have underlying health conditions and even if you are displaying no symptoms.

Extra caution and strict hygiene precautions are needed to protect other people.

Do your bit to help your community and the world by practising social distancing, which means you should stand more than 2 metres away from another person outside of your household at all times.

Experts believe that the coronavirus is spread by droplets, so keeping your distance from other people is a great way to limit your exposure to the virus.

It is important, if you are not a key worker to do the following:

  • Avoid public transport
  • Limit nonessential travel
  • Do not attend any social gathering
  • Keep away from public spots like parks, unless for an hour of daily exercise
  • Congregate in groups larger than two people unless from your household
  • Don’t go to any restaurant or gym

Those who are displaying symptoms should self-isolate at home and consult 111’s online service for further advice.

Wash hands. Use hand sanitiser. Wash hands again. 

Hand sanitisers that contain at least 60% alcohol will only work to fight the infection. Hand sanitisers should be rubbed onto the hands for around 20 seconds and are the recommended hand hygiene tool by the NHS and WHO.

It is extremely important for those who have to use public transport to carry hand sanitiser with them at all times. This is to limit the transmission of the virus and prevent the spread.

Due to stockpiling and panic buying, hand sanitiser is quite difficult to purchase online and supermarkets and retailers.

However, there are medical companies like Hunter Medical, who are providing hand sanitiser for the nation in bulk, ensuring everyone gets the right amount to keep them safe. Browse their hand sanitisers here.

Hand sanitisers should be used:

  • On public transport
  • Getting in and out of the car
  • Coming into contact with your devices (which should also be disinfected)
  • Before and after touching tables, countertops and surfaces (which should also be disinfected)
  • Before and after shopping and handling groceries

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