Can We Break the Chain of Infection? – Series 3/5

Can we break the chain of infection?

Yes, we can! Each and every one of us can do our part to slow and stop COVID-19 from spreading. 

In fact, you’re doing something right now – Becoming an Ambassador to help you and your community Break the Chain!

How to Protect and Prevent

Now, let’s learn about how we can protect ourselves and our loved ones through simple and practical changes to our daily behaviors and routines.

  • Practicing good hand hygiene (handwashing)
  • Cough and sneeze etiquette
  • Cleaning and disinfecting our environments
  • Practicing social distancing

Hand Hygiene

Yes! Washing your hands is one of the best ways to prevent you or someone you know from getting infected. 

Washing your hands frequently helps to remove potentially harmful microorganisms from your hands. And this helps stop the spread of infection.

The WHO (World Health Organization) recommends washing your hands by following the 7 steps shown in the image and video below.

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Hand Sanitizer

What about Hand Sanitizer?

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When you don’t have access to soap and water, using hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol is a great way to ensure your hands are clean.

The video below shows how to use hand sanitizer correctly. You should follow the same steps you do when washing your hands.

However, the best way to ensure sparkly clean hands is still by using soap and water for 20 seconds.

Cough Etiquette

Droplets from coughs and sneezes travel….far!  This is why we must practice cough and sneeze etiquette.  

These simple steps can help to reduce the spread of COVID-19 

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Cleaning Your Everyday Environment

How many times a day do you touch your phone?  The steering wheel of your car?  The doorknobs in your home? 

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To break the chain and prevent infection, it is important to be more mindful about the surfaces we touch and to keep those surfaces clean.

There are a number of ways to keep your surfaces clean and disinfected. And you probably already have some of these ways in the house!

Do you have bleach in the house?  Follow this recipe:

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You can also use a regular household disinfectant or using an alcohol spray of at least 60% alcohol. Both can be purchased at any grocery store.

And don’t forget to clean your cell phone!

Social Distancing

ocial distancing is a public health measure known to help stop or slow the spread of infectious diseases. This is especially important with COVID-19 because even those who do not show signs of illness may be sick and can spread the virus.

Watch the video to learn about social distancing

Ways to social distance include: 

  • Closing schools and moving to distance learning
  • Working from home
  • Postponing or cancelling social events and travel
  • Maintaining a physical distance of at least 2 metres between other people 

If we stay at home and limit contact with others, we will slow the spread of COVID-19.