How to Protect Yourself Against Coronavirus

Coronavirus (offically named Covid-19) is an infectious disease that originated in China in late 2019 and has now spread to countries all over the world. Although governments are trying their best to contain the outbreak the cases continue to rise dramatically. The virus causes respiratory illness and can be fatal to people who are at risk. These people include those over 60 and people who have pre-existing medical conditions.

What Can You Do?

There are activities that everyone should employ now to help prevent the spread of the virus and to protect yourself and others from infection. There are also myths and misinformation that has been spread about the Coronavirus. For instance, wearing a face mask is not considered to be very effective in preventing infections by the virus. This is despite many people purchasing large supplies of the masks that are actually needed by healthcare professionals. Below we will explore the best things you can do to reduce your risk of infection as supplied by organisations such as the Word Health Organisation.

Wash Hands

One of the most important activities in reducing the chance or infection is to wash your hands as frequently as possible. Your hands are only clean until you touch any surface. The Coronavirus may live on a surface anywhere from a couple hours to a couple days. If you touch this surface and then touch your face you may become infected.

The world health organisation recommends you wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water as often as possible – especially when you have been in public. If you don’t have access to soap and water it is recommended that you use a hand sanitiser with at least 60 percent alcohol.

You should also ensure that the soap dispensers in your bathrooms, kitchens and other areas of your business are always full and functional. Sanokil offers quality soap dispensers that are effective, stylish and fully serviced.

For more information about the proper way to wash your hands, check out our blog post.

Don’t Touch Your Face

Most people get infected when they touch their face with hands that have come into contact with the virus. For example, someone with the virus sneezes and the air droplets land on a table. Someone else then touches that table and then rubs their eyes or touches their mouth. That is why washing your hands as often as possible is the most important step in reducing infections. So as well as frequent hand washing, it is best to get out of the habit of touching your face. They eye, nose and mouth are the perfect entry points for the virus.

Cover Your Mouth When You Cough or Sneeze

Make sure that you and those around you cover their mouth when they cough or sneeze.  You should do this with a tissue or your bent elbow. Corona virus is spread by droplets in the air when people don’t follow these guidelines.

Other Steps

As discussed earlier, the virus may be able to live on a surface anywhere from a couple hours to a couple days. It is important to disinfect surfaces that may have come into contact with the virus. Hotspots for these include door handles and table tops. You should try to stay more than 1 meter away from people when possible, especially those showing symptoms of cold or flu.

Lastly, some final advise from the WHO (world Health Organisation)

“If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.”


How Sanokil Can Reduce Your Risk of Infection

Sanokils hygiene services can help you protect yourself from Coronavirus by supplying and servicing the tools needed to reduce infections. The most important tool we can offer is the soap dispenser. It is stylish, functional and dispenses quality foam soap. We install the unit, maintain it and make sure it remains full and functional each visit.

With some experts suggesting the virus outbreak will get worse before it gets better, we must all play a part in preventing the spread of the virus. In doing this we protect ourselves and those in our community who are most risk.