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Keep calm and wash your hands

Written by Lifestyle

Since its outbreak in the Wuhan Province in December 2019, COVID-19 has unleashed its rage and terror across the world.

As this virus has now been classified by WHO as a pandemic and the death toll in Britain keeps increasing, emphasis has been placed upon proper and thorough hygiene care in order to reduce its impact. Whilst the British government is continually preparing for all outcomes of the virus, it is up to the public to enforce thorough hygiene care in order to keep themselves and others healthy and safe.

The first and most important thing we can do is to identify all those who have recently travelled to already severely infected areas

The first and most important thing we can do is to identify all those who have recently travelled to already severely infected areas so they can receive testing, and if necessary, suitable treatment. This not only helps isolate the virus but also ensures the welfare of those contaminated.

For those who do not fall into this bracket, personal hygiene is crucial. Universities, offices and leisure institutions are increasingly incorporating hand sanitiser gels to encourage people to clean their hands when entering and exiting a new building. This easy and simple act greatly reduces the ability of the virus to enter such institutions by preventing it spreading.

The catch it, bin it, kill it strategy that was launched by the NHS in 2013 to help reduce the spread of infection from the common cold has been re-launched

As the Easter holidays are approaching many students already have travel plans arranged. The best advice for this is to follow the latest FCO travel advice which relays the most up-to-date information for budding travellers. B mindful when travelling through the adoption of personal safety and hygiene measures can make all the difference. The catch it, bin it, kill it strategy that was launched by the NHS in 2013 to help reduce the spread of infection from the common cold has been re-launched in an attempt to educate British citizens as to the importance of maintaining excellent personal hygiene amidst this wave of fear introduced by COVID-19.

As the threat of the coronavirus is spreading and the cases within the UK are increasing, there has been a greater strain on the NHS in coping with this influx of patients. In light of this, being mindful of our national health service by using it only when absolutely necessary can help those with more serious needs receive the treatment they require.

As the WHO Director-General announced on 9 March, “we are not at the mercy of this virus.” Incorporating increased hygiene thought and care into our daily lives aids greatly in the prevention of this terrific virus.

Last modified: 24th March 2020

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