In the almost absence of handwipes, sanitising gels and hard-wash gels – (some may still be available in town shops) – it is vitally important to take immediate precautions to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the community. The Government has agreed a series of measures to limit and slow down the virus in order to keep the number of affected people to a minimum and to reduce peak pressure on the health service.
Ireland remains in the containment phase of the outbreak and all necessary measures, based on public health advice, should be continued and followed to the letter.
To protect yourself and others from Coronavirus (COVID 19) it is important to think how the virus is spread.
Coronavirus is spread in sneeze and cough droplets. To infect someone, the virus has to get from an infected person’s nose or mouth into another person’s eyes, nose or mouth. This can be direct or indirect (on hands, objects, surfaces). Keeping this in mind will help you to remember all the things you need to do to protect yourself and others from the virus.
Follow this advice as strictly as possible and encourage others to do likewise.
- Wash your hands properly and often.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and/or sneeze.
- Put used tissues into a bin and immediately wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Avoid close contact with people who are not well.
- Stay at home if you are sick to help stop the spread of whatever infection you may have.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
- Do not share objects that touch your mouth – for example, bottles cups, toothbrushes.
WASH YOUR HANDS
- You should wash your hands.
- After coughing or sneezing.
- Before and after eating.
- Before and after preparing food.
- If you are in contact with a sick person, especially those with fever or respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing).
- After being on public transport or in a crowd (especially an indoor crowd).
- If you have handled animals or animal waste.
- Before having a cigarette or vaping.
- If your hands are dirty.
- After toilet use.
Keep your hands in good condition, moisturise them often. Any basic product that is not perfumed or coloured is OK.
Do not wear gloves instead of washing your hands. The virus gets on them the same way it gets on your hands. Also, your hands can get contaminated when you take them off.
Using masks is unlikely to be of any benefit if you are not sick. Sick people need to be advised by their Doctor when to use a mask. Health care workers need masks and other personal protective equipment to protect them from infection during their work.
Issued on Government and HSE advice by Enniscorthy and District Chamber of Commerce to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID 19).