Good advice for the teaching heroes out there who are going into school, from an NHS Anaesthetist:
Latest evidence is that you are less likely to catch the virus from a child coughing but more likely from things they touch. Children are likely to be entirely asymptomatic. So unfortunately, surfaces are the biggest risk of infection and it can also contaminate hair, skin & clothes. If you have long hair it should be tied up.
Hygiene Routine for Teachers during COVID-19
- Take off your RINGS, WATCHES, BRACELETS. Remove false NAILS. Trim nails short. This will help keep infection at bay and means that your handwashing will be more thorough and effective.
- If you are doing a shift at school, as soon as you get in, have a black bin liner ready just inside the door you use to enter the house and ensure your washing machine door is open. Family members can help you prepare for this but should stay well clear during the procedure.
- Take off your clothes and place them all inside the bin liner. Take the bin liner straight to the washing machine. Scrunch the clothes into a ball. Take care not to touch ANY part of the washing machine. The door should already be open. Carefully place the clothes inside the washing machine making you do not touch the door or exterior of the opening.
- Go straight to the shower. Do not touch door handles and if you have to, ensure they are wiped down after. Wash your body and HAIR thoroughly with soap/shampoo/shower gel.
- You should now be virus free. You can go and shut the washing machine and switch on the wash cycle.
- Cell membranes of the virus are weak so all it takes is soap and water to kill it. Remember to regularly wash your hands throughout the day.