The World Health Organisation (WHO) has now described COVID-19 (initially known more generically as “coronavirus”) as a pandemic. The risk level to the UK has been raised to high.
Although the risk to individuals remains low, we all have a responsibility to keep informed re: the emerging situation and to take steps to limit possible exposure to, and spread of, the virus.
As with any infectious disease, we can all play our part in reducing the infection rate by observing standard hygiene practices.
Hand hygiene, either with soap and water or with 70% alcohol-based handrub, is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading infections to others. Indeed, hand hygiene is an easy, inexpensive, and effective means to prevent the spread of germs and keep everyone healthy.
WHO advice on hand hygiene is key to reducing any potential risk of spread of infection. Such advice is an example of ‘safe behaviours’ that should be applied to protect you against COVID-19 and a range of other transmissible diseases and should be a routine infection control measure