While washing your hands remains the most important thing in relation to killing the Coronavirus. Alcohol based hand sanitiser also plays an important part, in certain situations it is not always possible to wash your hands. Hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette and social distancing is what we have been advised is best practice in relation to killing the spread of Covid-19.
Hand hygiene is of utmost importance, regular hand washing properly and often will help to stop the spread. Follow this advice as strictly as possible and encourage others to do this too.
- Wash your hands properly and often.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze.
- Put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
- Do not share objects that touch your mouth – for example, bottles, cups
When you should wash your hands
You should wash your hands:
- after coughing or sneezing
- before and after eating
- before and after preparing food
- if you were in contact with someone who has a fever or respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing)
- before and after being on public transport, if you must use it
- before and after being in a crowd (especially an indoor crowd)
- when you arrive and leave buildings including your home or anyone else's home
- if you have handled animals or animal waste
- before having a cigarette or vaping
- if your hands are dirty
- after toilet use
However, we know its not always possible to wash your hands while on the go, out shopping, on public transport etc. Nonetheless, you hands must be cleaned in these environments. Therefore its important to always have hand sanitiser, an alcohol based hand sanitiser gel such as the Airmedica Hand Sanitiser Gel,, this is a hand sanitiser gel used by the HSE and and contains 70% alcohol which kills bacteria and viruses. Or alternatively you could opt for a hand sanitiser spray such as the Jo Browne Hand Sanitiser Spray. containing 65% alcohol. It is important your hand sanitiser contains alcohol to kill the virus and bacteria. Dingle Gin Distillery also have an even higher alcohol content hand sanitiser with it containing 80% alcohol.
With all this hand washing and hand hygiene being so important so to is keeping your hands in good condition. Keeping your hands moisturized is equally important. Hand creams such as the Human and Kind Lavender Hand Cream or the Human and Kind Tropical Hand Cream can help nourish over washed hands and lock in moisture. If your hands need greater nourishment the human and kind family remedy cream is a god sent for dry/chapped hands. Use as an overnight treatment and wake up with renewed hands!
Hand hygiene has become more important than ever in our daily lives, the message is clear wash your hands properly and regularly. Sanitise your hands, with an alcohol based hand sanitiser gel like the Airmedica Hand Sanitiser Gel, the Dingle Gin hand sanitiser or the Jo Browne Hand Sanitiser Spray.