Keeping clean and safe as lockdown eases

This weekend we will see a further easing of the lockdown. The main changes will include two households meeting up indoors, pubs, restaurants, libraries, places of worship and cinemas opening. We must take extra precautions to ensure we are safe not that we may be in closer contact with others.

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Extra precautions include washing your hands, wash your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds before leaving the house, when coming back home and before and after eating and touching your face.

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It’s also important if having other households in your house to take further precautions when cleaning. Try to focus on areas of high traffic, this is area’s that are regularly touched. For example, light switches, door handles, appliances handles, chair and tables surfaces. This is because studies show that the virus can last 2/3 days on plastic and stainless steel, 24 hours on cardboard and 4 hours on copper. So the virus may be living on areas within your house. Are expecting guests? Ensure to clean the house before they arrive to stop them catching anything from your household and after they leave to stop you catching anything they could possibly have brought in. If anyone is showing symptoms in either households it’s very important you do not meet.

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If you are out in public your clothes may also pick up droplets so it’s important to keep clothing regularly washed. 56C breaks down Covid 19, therefore ideally washing at 60C will help to kill the virus. Clothes should be washed at the highest temperature they can be according to the washing instructions. This helps to keep the virus off your clothes, keeping you safe.

Enjoy your weekend!