Protecting Ourselves from Coronavirus

Handwashing

Regular hand washing is one of the easiest and most important ways to help reduce the transmission of Coronavirus.

The NHS released a video demonstrating the comprehensive handwashing technique.

You should wash your hands for the amount of time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice (around 20 seconds):

When should you wash your hands?

You should wash your hands:

  • after using the toilet.
  • before and after handling raw foods.
  • before eating food.
  • after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing.
  • before and after treating a cut or wound.
  • after touching animals, including pets, their food and after cleaning their cages.
  • after touching door handles.
  • if you have had to touch another person.

Washing your hands properly removes dirt, viruses and bacteria to stop them spreading to other people and objects, which can spread illnesses including Coronavirus.

It can help stop people picking up infections and spreading them to others.

Public Health England handwashing guide.

Wash your hands with soap and water more often for 20 seconds following these steps:

  1. Palm to palm
  2. The backs of hands
  3. In between fingers
  4. The back of the fingers
  5. The thumbs
  6. The tips of the fingers

Stopping the Spread

It’s very important to do what you can to reduce the risk of you and other people getting ill with coronavirus.

You can spread the virus even if you do not have symptoms.

Try to:

  • Stay at least 2 metres away from other staff members and learners on our school sites.
  • Frequently wash your hand with soap and water.
  • Wipe down all surfaces with disinfectant throughout the day, regardless of if they have been in use.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.

Click here for full and up-to-date information from the UK Government.

Click here for the most recent NHS advice.