Covid-19 The Facts - there is certainly plenty of information out there and of course many of us are Googling for advice, updates and trying to get a better idea of what the new normality might look like. With this article, we have tried to stick to facts from reliable sources and give some guidance to help our clients.
Why we touch our faces
There are many obvious reasons why the Government Guidelines on the prevention of the spread of the virus include washing our hands. But did you know why we are so prone to touching our faces and how that impacts on the spread of diseases. We found an interesting article from the BBC. Our species is one of the few in the animal kingdom known to touch their faces regularly, and we often do it without even noticing. Studies have shown that we are particularly prone to touching our chins and the areas around the mouth, nose and eyes.
Why we need to keep surfaces sanitised
Studies are still being completed to determine exactly how long COVID-19 can live on a surface, though some studies on similar viruses, SARS and MERS, have suggested the virus can live on metal, glass and plastic for up to 9 days unless they are properly disinfected. Some can even hang around for up to 28 days in low temperatures.
Worth noting a single cough can produce up to 3,000 droplets. These particles can land on other people, clothing and the surfaces around them, but some of the smaller particles can remain in the air. Read more about it in this highly informative article, again from the BBC.
As an aside we found an article in Medical News Today that suggest SARS and MERS have significantly higher case fatality rates than COVID-19. Yet COVID-19 is more infectious and spreads more easily among people, leading to greater case numbers. Another reason to take every precaution.
The importance of the right advice and PPE
To ensure you are preventing the spread of the virus it is important to keep up to date with the latest advice from the government. Social media can be a hive of misinformation, so it is better to follow advice from the government's daily briefing and only buy PPE (e.g. gloves, masks and overalls) from a reputable company.
If you are interested to read more about what the Government are doing we suggest regular visits to their website. This link gives a clear idea of their action plans. Government information is continually changing however, so regularly refer to the main NHS website page on the subject - this page is particularly useful.
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