Since the outbreak of COVID-19 earlier this year, sales of hand sanitisers have soared, as have the sales of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as facemasks and disposable gloves. These became so sought-after that retailers had to begin limiting the amount that people could buy at any one time, and many still have similar policies in place. And to meet demand, several private companies, including the beer company BrewDog, stepped in to produce their own hand sanitisers.
The reason these products became so popular is that they’re highly effective at limiting the spread of the novel coronavirus. As with other viral respiratory infections, COVID-19 is primarily spread when infected droplets from a person’s mouth or nose are transferred to other people. In addition, you can also get respiratory viruses including COVID-19 by touching anything that’s contaminated with the virus and then touching your own face.
How you can help prevent transmission and fight the virus
COVID-19 is highly contagious and is especially damaging for people with compromised immune systems and the elderly. This is why the world’s currently facing a largely unprecedented pandemic situation that has led to the majority of us being cooped up at home.
Luckily, there are plenty of things that we can do to help slow down its transmission. Collectively, we’re empowered to save lives and speed up the healing process through our own actions.
Here’s how you can contribute to fighting it:
1. Wear your mask
It’s simple really—put a mask on! Masks may be uncomfortable and annoying, but they have been proven to be extremely effective.
The whole point of wearing a mask is to prevent droplets from your own respiratory system from being expelled into the air and onto surfaces when you talk, cough, or sneeze. This, if you’re infected, contains most of your contaminated droplets within your own mask and stops them compromising surfaces where somebody else could pick them up.
2. Regularly clean and sanitise your hands
Wash your hands often with soap and water and do so for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important if you’ve just been in a public place, or if you’ve just coughed or sneezed.
If you’re not able to wash your hands, or if washing your hands isn’t completely necessary, use hand sanitiser. Hand sanitiser has been proven to be very effective against the coronavirus, particularly alcohol hand sanitisers with an alcohol strength of 60 percent or more.
You should always wash your hands if they’re visibly soiled or if you’ve been in a high infection scenario. If you’ve been in a public place such as a supermarket, hand sanitiser is a strong and convenient option.
3. Keep your distance
Outside of your home, make sure that you’re keeping at least 2 metres (6 feet) away from other people who don’t live in your household or who aren’t part of your “bubble”. This is especially important for people who are in a high-risk category. And remember, not everybody who’s carrying the virus will display symptoms, so don’t lull yourself into a false sense of security!
4. Clean and disinfect
Be sure to regularly clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched. This includes door handles, light switches, counter tops, desks, keyboards, toilets, sinks, and tables. Although this is important inside the home, it’s far more crucial for the managers of public spaces and employers who have reopened their offices and workspaces.
5. Monitor your own health
In the words of Boris Johnson, stay alert. Monitor yourself for symptoms like fever, cough, and shortness of breath. This is more important if you’re out of the house a lot running errands, going to work, and getting on with daily life as part of the “new normal”. If you do develop symptoms, monitor your temperature to see if it increases, isolate yourself, and seek medical advice if you’re at risk.
High-quality hand sanitiser products for all settings
At HandStations.co.uk, we’re proud to sell a small range of high-quality hand sanitisers and other sanitation products like automatic dispensers and wall mounts.
Whether you’re a private user who needs hand sanitiser for the home or you’re an employer looking to fit out your workspace with automatic sanitiser dispensers, we’ve got what you need. Contact a member of the team to find out more and do your bit to control the virus.