The best prevention step you can take is to remain within your own bubble and have no contact with those outside. But of course, our willing and able volunteers are healthy and keen to help others, so below are some basic rules around protecting your own health.
- Effective handwashing is a key step in stopping the spread of this virus- ensure you wash thoroughly for a minimum of 20 seconds and dry completely
- Avoid touching any part of your face when in the community (wearing glasses and face mask may help you keep hands away from face)
- Avoid touching any surfaces as far as practical
The Ministry of Health (MoH) advises that for most people in the community face masks are not required and should only be worn by those demonstrating symptoms of respiratory infection (to contain the spread of droplets).
We understand that people will still choose to wear a face mask so it is important that you know how to do so safely.
- Wash your hands thoroughly before putting on the mask and again when you remove it
- Bend the nose fitting to sit as close as possible to your face
- Ensure the mask is tight fitting
- Do not reuse the mask every time you go out – a clean one should be used each time
Gloves again are not essential but you may choose to wear for your own piece of mind.
Please ensure that you make use of single-use gloves only. Wearing throughout the day is worse than bare hands with frequent handwashing/sanitiser
Our role is to ensure no community transmission so treat gloves the same as you would your hands, if you can’t replace them between visits remove them and clean/sanitise hands instead.