You can’t get away from all the news about the coronavirus at the moment, but the most important thing is keeping your family healthy in the home and around people they interact with. Here’s the best tips as we maneuver through this pandemic.
Educate younger family members
Make sure everyone knows what to do, from the youngest to the oldest person in the house. Educate the little ones on how frequently they should be washing their hands, keep tissues handy for sneezes and teach them to catch it, bin it and kill it.
Primarily, it’s important for the public not to panic. People need to be taking the virus seriously of course, but there are cases of media scare-mongering currently taking place, which are, unfortunately, attributing to some cases of extreme public behaviour, such as stockpiling.
It’s important to keep in mind that although this is a new virus, and a vaccine is yet to be developed, we should keep calm, follow the government and NHS’s health advice, and put things into perspective about how these stats relate to other diseases (eg. the flu mortality rate).
When it comes to your home, there are a few things you can do to help stop the spread of the virus on a day-to-day basis.
Keep your regular cleaning schedule, but perhaps do it a little more often. Keep handwash and sanitizers readily available around the home, and remember to wash your hands thoroughly when you come in from outside. At least 20 seconds is recommended for a thorough clean, with warm water and soap.
High-alcohol products are recommended to kill the most bacteria, as well as the more traditional methods such as bleach. For more advice about keeping your home sanitized, head to the official NHS site.
There is absolutely no need to panic buy. In fact, those who are doing so are causing more harm to others. This is especially detrimental for the elderly, those who may not be as mobile as others, and those who cannot afford to stockpile items.
Yes, make sure you can feed your household in the same way you would normally, but avoid buying extra toilet paper, soaps and gels or bags of pasta and rice – there simply is no need.
A total of 14 days self-isolation is being recommended to help prevent infection; so, if it comes to it, the most amount of time anyone in the household would likely be out of action, without hospital care, would be this time.
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