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ViraxCare Answers the UKs Most Pressing Covid-19 'Back to Work' Questions

ViraxCare Answers the UKs Most Pressing Covid-19 'Back to Work' Questions

Here at ViraxCare our expert team is focussed on getting you and your staff back to work as efficiently and safely as possible. In doing so we have been asked many questions by employers and employees. In our blog posts we are going to use our expert team of scientists to get to the bottom of all of these and hopefully provide clinical guidance to those seeking a way out of the pandemic and back to the office. 
 
What are the English guidelines for returning to work safely?
 
The current guidelines for employees are to work from home if at all possible. If this is not feasible you should make sure that the correct guidelines for safe working in your line of business are followed. These can be found at this link. In any case you may want to ensure that your workplace has adequate cleaning procedures in place, that they are providing or encouraging the use of PPE, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes, and that provisions for adequate social distancing have been implemented.
 
Where do I have to wear face masks in England?
 
You are now required by law to wear facemasks on public transport, taxis, in shops, museums, cinemas, and the majority of public areas, for the full list see this link. However, it is advisable to go one step further and wear one in any enclosed public space or where social distancing is not possible.
 
How do i use a face mask properly to prevent covid? 
 
Ideally a facemask should be medical grade, either an N95/FFP2 mask or a surgical mask. They should have passed fit tests and particle filtration tests. The fit tests are the most important and masks should be secure around the ears and tight around the cheeks, chin and nose so that exhaled air goes through the mask and not out of the sides. Medical grade masks are recommended, but if you have to use a fashion or homemade mask multiple layers of thick fabric works better to stop the spread of viral droplets. Thin fabrics or bandanas are actually worse than no mask at all, as they can create aerosol droplets of the virus that can spread greater distances.
 
Can you catch COVID by touching a surface?
 
Yes you can. If somebody who is infected with Covid-19 has touched, breathed, or coughed onto the surface before you have touched it, there is a chance the virus will be present. It can also be present in fecal particles from infected people in toilets. If you touch these areas, the virus can be passed to the part of your body that has made contact, and can then cause an infection if the contaminated part of the body then touches the eyes, nose or mouth. The virus can survive for differing times on various surface materials: up to 24hrs for fabric, paper and cardboard; up to 3 days (72hrs) on plastic, glass and stainless steel; and 4hrs on coins containing copper. Communal surfaces should be cleaned as often as is viable. It is important to wash or disinfect your hands after touching these surfaces, you can wear disposable gloves if you prefer, and avoid touching your mouth nose or eyes as much as possible. 
If you have any more questions feel free to Ask our Doctor

In this blog post ViraxCare Answers the UKs Most Pressing Covid-19 Back to Work Questions.

Including: what are the English guidelines for returning to work safely? Where do I have to wear face masks in England? Can you catch COVID by touching a surface? And more...

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