17 March 2021
THE risk of the spread of COVID-19 is at it's highest when people are close to each other, particularly in poorly ventilated places.
It spreads between people through small droplets, aerosols, direct contact, surfaces and belongings.
At home we know it is difficult for some people to separate themselves from each other. If you are living in shared accommodation, it is recommended that you follow the below guidance to ensure the safety of everyone living there.
- Wash hands more frequently and for 20 seconds, using soap and water. Alternatively use hand sanitiser and avoid touching faces
- Regularly clean frequently touched surfaces
- Let plenty of fresh air into your home
Let fresh air in through ventilation
You can also reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 by:
- In spaces with a limited flow of fresh air (perhaps rooms with windows that are never opened) it is essential that you avoid coming into contact with people here
- Let plenty of fresh air into your home when you can.
To increase the flow of air you can:
- Open windows as much as possible
- Open doors
- Make sure vents are open and airflow is not blocked
- Leave extractor fans running for longer than usual with the door closed after someone has used the room
If you have a mechanical ventilation system that circulates fresh air through vents and ducts, it is recommended that you ensure it is in a good working condition and you know how to increase its flow rate when visitors are in your home or someone is poorly.
Regular cleaning plays one of the most important parts of limiting the spread of COVID-19. Below are ways you can ensure you are keeping on top of your cleaning and it's to a high standard:
- Reducing clutter and removing difficult to clean items
- Increase the frequency of cleaning
- Use standard cleaning products
- Pay attention to thoroughly cleaning surfaces, especially those that are touch frequently including door handles, light switches, remote controls and electronic devices
It is very unlikely that COVID-19 is transmitted through food. Although, it is recommended that if you are handling food you should still wash your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds. If you have a dishwasher, use it to clean and dry your crockery and cutlery. If you don't, wash them by hand using washing up liquid and war water and make sure you dry thoroughly using a separate tea towel. Again, ensure you clean frequently touched surfaces regularly and appliances including fridge handles and kettles.
When the bathroom is in use, operate a bathroom fan and clean the surfaces frequently and also open windows if they are available. Toilet lids need to be closed before flushing to reduce aerosol droplets. Cloth towels should be used by individuals only and not shared and then washed in accordance with washing instructions.
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