3 simple ways you can help stop viruses in their tracks
Much has been said in the last few weeks about Personal Protect Equipment (PPE) and what the general public needs to do to stop the spread of viruses like COVID-19.
The fact is, not everyone needs to be kitted out with medical-grade face masks, overalls and other PPE to stay safe. There are some really simple ways we – the general public – can stop the spread and keep ourselves and others virus and germ-free. This includes DIY face masks, using what we have in the cupboards instead of eating out, and even having parties over internet conferencing software.
Here are LMB’s three top tips to help stop the spread:
Wear a mask outside
A medical face mask is an essential piece of equipment for those working directly with patients or those with COVID-19, but not every Tom, Dick or Harriet needs one.
Official WHO guidelines on face masks state:
- If you are healthy, you only need to wear a mask if you are taking care of a person with COVID-19.
- Wear a face mask if you are coughing or sneezing to prevent the virus from spreading.
They also emphasise that medical-grade face masks should be prioritised for healthcare workers, not the public. Non-medical ‘barrier masks’ are recommended for use in the community, but they’re a complementary measure, so keep up with social distancing and good hygiene. It’s also noted by most that the primary purpose of these kinds of masks is to stop the wearer spreading the virus – not the other way around.
In light of this, a lot of people are turning to DIY face masks to stop the spread, but not everyone is sure how to make a face mask. And finding out where to buy reusable face masks is proving a challenge as well.
Here at LMB, we’ve been able to source and produce a range of reusable cotton face masks that meet with international guidelines. Made from recycled cotton jersey and non-woven protective fabric, each LMB reusable face mask is ideal if you want to protect others from the spread of any viruses or germs you may have. These washable face masks are eco-friendly, made to a high spec, and are ideal for healthy or asymptomatic individuals on essential outings.
Remember: If you have symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, do not leave your home. Call 111 for help and advice.
Yep, it’s as simple as that. The government has set up and enforced this lockdown for good reason. Staying away from others and practising social distancing limits our contact with other people, thereby limiting the virus’s chance to spread.
- Only go out for essential items: try researching new recipes and find new ways to use up some of those tins in the cupboard.
- Try exercise videos instead: There’s a veritable smorgasbord of workouts on the internet for at-home exercise, but if you do go outside, steer clear of others and don’t hang about.
- Stay in contact with video-: We all miss each other, but don’t be tempted to go visit. Pick up your phone or computer and give them a call instead.
Keep it clean
This may be the most important one. When you go outside, you may bring the virus back with you, so giving your hands and your home a good clean is vital.
We’ve offered advice on deep cleaning your home before but don’t forget other high-traffic areas like floors, door and appliance handles, your car interior, and even your earphones. There’s no definitive answer on how long the virus can survive on surfaces like these, so make sure to give everything a good once over.
It may seem like a big undertaking, but doing a little bit at a time will be much less stressful. The key thing is to make sure you keep your hands and faces clean.
Some may say this is overkill, but there are (literally) lives at stake and it’s better to be safe than sorry. So, stay home, keep it clean, and help stop the spread in any way you can.