Covid 19: Health of workers is key
By Hon. Charles Bakkabulindi
Since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, health authorities have been urging us to pay attention to our hand hygiene and for good reason, my appeal to workers is be conscious of the guidelines sent by the Ministry of Health to help to prevent the spread of infection. Washing your hands with soap and water is one of our cheapest forms of infection control, and also one of the most effective.
How hands spread coronavirus
Coronavirus is believed to be mostly spread via respiratory droplets the little secretions we generate when we sneeze or cough.
The virus can be passed on when a person who is infected coughs or sneezes, and small virus-laden droplets land on the people or surfaces around them. COVID-19 is spread through direct close contact with a person who is infected. That includes standing close to them and breathing in droplets that they have coughed or sneezed into the air.
But you can also catch coronavirus by touching surfaces that have been contaminated by droplets when the land. Research shows these can last on surfaces for days.
Hand washing remains the No. 1 tip for preventing the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). It’s common sense and it works. However, it must be done properly and with soap and water. When soap and water are not available, the next best option is to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Proper hand washing not only reduces the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), it can prevent the spread of other viral illnesses such as cold and flu. Hand washing also reduces the risk of getting other easily spread infections, When should I use hand sanitizer?
Alcohol-based hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol) is helpful in protecting against the spread of germs and viruses. However, hand washing with Soap and water is still best. Hand sanitizer is effective when soap and water are not available. This includes when taking public transportation wash your hand before boarding, those manning public transport should put in place hand washing sanitizers. Carrying a travel size bottle of hand sanitizer makes it easy to disinfect your hands in these situations. Some people use it when they sit down to eat at a restaurant. Others use it when they are in the presence of crowds (games, church service, school meetings).
Apply a generous drop of hand sanitizer to the palm of your hand and rub it across hands, front and back, and fingertips. When do I need to wash my hands?
Hand washing throughout the day is important, but even more important during an outbreak. Always remember to wash your hands in these situations:
• After returning from a public outing (grocery store, work, school, concert, sporting activity, hospital, nursing home, etc.).
• Before leaving the bathroom — both at home and in public bathrooms.
• After shaking hands during flu season and virus outbreaks.
• Before, during, and after preparing food, especially raw food.
• Before eating food.
• Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with symptoms of vomiting or diarrhea.
• Before and after treating a cut or wound.
• After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet.
• After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
• After touching an animal, animal feed or animal waste.
• After handling pet food or pet treats.
• After touching garbage.
• After putting on your shoes.
• After using public computers, touching public tables and countertops, cash and coins, other people’s phones, etc■