COVID-19 Hygiene and Social Distancing
During this period especially, it is of the utmost importance to practice a high level of good personal hygiene habits. Ensure that you:
- Wash your hands frequently- Make sure that you wash your hands more often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Regularly using an alcohol-based hand rub. The same goes for hand sanitizers. When using a sanitizer, make sure that it contains at least 60% alcohol and then rub it into your hands for at least 20 seconds to ensure full coverage. This kills viruses/bacteria that may be on your hands. And why not wash your hands to the rhythm of your Club’s anthem?
- Maintain social distance- Keep your distance, especially from people who are coughing or sneezing, this is because when people cough or sneeze, they spray small liquid droplets from their nose and their mouth. If you stay too close you have a higher chance and risk of breathing in these droplets (which can cause the spread of the COVID-19 virus, if that person has the disease). The distance recommended is of at least 1 metre (3 feet) between each person.
- Avoid touching your mouth, eyes and face- Hands touch many surfaces during the day, this is the reason why they have a higher chance of carrying a virus. Once contaminated, the virus can be transferred to the eyes, the nose or the mouth via your hands, so avoid touching your face at all costs.
- Practice respiratory hygiene- Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough and sneeze, this way the droplets will not reach other people.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces– Studies have found that Coronaviruses (including the preliminary information on the COVID-19 virus) may persist on surfaces for a few hours or even up to several days. So, it is important to make sure that you are frequently cleaning touched objects and surfaces to kill the virus and protect yourself as well as others.
- Stay at home, if you feel sick- If you show symptoms such as fever, constant coughing or difficulty when breathing, or other symptoms that can be associated with COVID-19 seek medical attention, first via a phone call consultation with your doctor, then continue to follow the directions of your local health authority from there. You can find a guide from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) here.
It is important that we all follow the above measures, particularly if you:
- are over 70
- have an underlying health condition
- are pregnant
Make sure that you stay informed and follow the advice provided by your national healthcare providers.
Follow all safety and hygiene measures provided by the World Health Organization here.