Although England has gone back into a nationwide lockdown for the duration of November, with everyone told to stay at home as much as possible, many people will still be going to work during this period.
If anyone develops Covid-19 symptoms they will have to self isolate and, should they test positive for Covid-19, they may have to isolate in a home with their families. In this instance, a top priority will be preventing the virus from spreading to other people in their household.
But if you’re in this situation, what steps can you take to reduce the risk to those you care about?
An article for the Northern Echo recently offered some advice, with the top item on the list to regularly wash your hands.
This is something we should all be doing anyway, but if you have Covid-19 symptoms or have tested positive for the virus then you should make sure you are doing this even more regularly.
Of course, one of the challenges is that Covid-19 can survive on hard surfaces in your home for hours after you have touched them, so it’s important that you regularly clean the surfaces in your bathrooms, as well as any other frequently touched surfaces, such as light switches.
One option is to invest in the likes of a sensor soap dispenser to minimise the items you have to touch in your bathroom.
In terms of cleaning, using regular household cleaning products is enough to get rid of the virus, so there’s no need to invest in any new products. Simply use your regular disinfectants to clean down the surfaces in your shared spaces.
It’s also important to make sure that you cover your mouth and nose if you cough or sneeze. Ideally, keep tissues to hand so that you can use these to cover your mouth and nose and then dispose of them immediately.
Another piece of advice from the news provider is to keep your indoor areas well-ventilated. If possible, keep your bedroom window open to allow fresh air from outside to circulate too.
Research carried out on behalf of The Grocer recently revealed that Brits believe that hand washing is the measure that people believe is the most important in protecting themselves from Covid-19.
It found that 68 per cent of people believe this to be the case, with social distancing considered the next most effective method by 63 per cent of those questioned.
The publication also asked people how many bottles of hand sanitiser they currently have at home, with 76 per cent of consumers owning two or more bottles of the product.
It also revealed that four in ten people in the UK are currently sanitising their hands five times a day or more. This is defined as using hand sanitiser, not washing hands with soap. Interestingly, people in younger age demographics are more likely to use hand sanitiser than those who are over the age of 55.
Hand sanitiser, in addition to regularly washing hands, is a useful tool to help stop the spread of Covid-19 and one that many people have clearly adopted in their daily lives.