According to Public Health Agency of Canada, proper hand hygiene, along with respiratory etiquette, environmental cleaning and ventilation, social distancing and other public health measures, can help reduce the risk of spreading SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the washroom and when preparing food
a. Before and after preparing food;
b. Before and after eating;
c. After using the toilet;
d. Before and after using a surgical/procedure mask and after removing gloves;
e. After handling body fluid-contaminated waste or laundry;
f. Whenever hands look dirty.
• If soap and water are not available, hands can be cleaned with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (ABHS) that contains at least 60% alcohol, ensuring that all surfaces of the hands are covered (e.g. front and back of hands as well as between fingers) and rubbed together until they feel dry. For visibly soiled hands, soiling should be removed with an alcohol-based hand wipe first, followed by use of ABHS.
• When coughing or sneezing:
-Cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand
-Dispose of any tissues you have used as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and wash your hands afterwards
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
• Frequently touched areas such as toilets, bedside tables, light switches and door handles should be first cleaned (to physically remove dirt) and disinfected daily with water and regular household cleaning products
• If they can withstand the use of liquids for disinfection, frequently touched electronics such as phones, computers and other devices may be disinfected with 70% alcohol (e.g. alcohol prep wipes). All used disposable contaminated items should be placed in a lined container before disposing of them with other household waste.
World Health Organization (WHO): https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
SC Johnson COVID-19 Resources: https://www.scjohnson.com/en/our-purpose/social-responsibility-news/health-and-well-being/coronavirus/coronavirus
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