How to prevent the spread of coronavirus

COVID-19 Internal Communication Templates

Written by Glenn Elliott

Last published at: March 26th, 2020

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UK Government instruction is now :

Stay at home

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Coronavirus, like other common viruses such as colds and flu, spreads from person to person through small droplets that come from the nose or mouth. These are spread when a person with the virus coughs or sneezes.

The risk of getting coronavirus in the UK is now high.

  1. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. 
    If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow rather than your hands. 

  2. Put tissues in the bin straight away. 
    And clean your hands as soon as you can.

  3. Wash your hands often with soap and water. 
    Or use hand sanitiser if soap and water isn’t available.

  4. Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean. 
    It’s thought droplets can land on surfaces or objects and transfer to people who touch them and then their eyes, nose or mouth.

  5. Avoid close contact with other people . 
    That means staying 2 metres (6ft) from anyone who is not your immediate family that you live with.

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Are you washing your hands properly?

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water and apply soap.

  • Lather your hands including the backs, between your fingers, and under your nails.

  • Scrub for at least 20 seconds and rinse.