It is advised to wash your hands for approximately 20 seconds. The following steps should be taken when washing your hands:

  • Wash your hands with water.
  • Apply enough soap to cover your hands.
  • Rub your hands together.
  • Use one hand to rub the back of the other hand and clean in between the fingers. Do the same for the other hand.
  • Rub your hands together and clean in between your fingers.
  • Rub the back of your fingers against your palms.
  • Rub your thumb using your other hand and do the same with your other thumb.
  • Rub the tip of your fingers on the palm of your other hand. Do the same with the other hand.
  • Rinse your hands with water.
  • Dry your hands completely with a disposable paper towel.
  • Use the disposable paper towel to turn off the tap.

The NHS also advises that you should wash your hands:

  • After using the toilet or changing a nappy.
  • Before and after handling raw foods such as meat and vegetables.
  • Before eating or handling food.
  • After blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing.
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound.
  • After touching animals.

Taking the above steps will help to stop people picking up infections and spreading to others. It can also help stop spreading infections when you are visiting someone in hospital or other healthcare settings.

The NHS suggests staying at home for 7 days if you have a new, continuous cough or high temperature. Because it is a new illness the NHS state that we do not know exactly how Coronavirus is spread from person to person. Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets. It is said to be very unlikely to be spread through items such as food or packages.

In order to avoid catching or spreading the Coronavirus, the NHS suggests doing the following:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water frequently (for at least 20 seconds at any one time).
  • Always wash your hands when you get home or into work.
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Do not cover your mouth with your hands when you cough or sneeze.
  • Dispose used tissue in the bin immediately and wash your hands immediately afterwards.
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
  • Do not touch your eyes, mouth or nose if your hands are not clean.

The NHS has stated as of 13th March 2020 there is currently no specific treatment for Coronavirus. Antibiotics do not help as they are not effective against viruses. Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the illness. If infected, you will have to stay in isolation, away from other people, until you have recovered.

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