Having already infected more than a million persons worldwide and causing nearly 60,000 deaths to date, there is no question the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) is highly contagious and deadly.
The World Health Organisation has said the disease can spread through small droplets from the nose or mouth when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person, and other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these surfaces then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets.
With three imported cases of COVID-19 already confirmed in the British Virgin Islands, here are some useful steps that can be taken when entering your home after being outdoors:
1. When you come home, try not to touch anything. Remove your shoes, disinfect your pet’s paws if you took them for a walk.
2. Remove your clothes and place them in a bag to be washed.
3. Leave your bag, purse, wallet, keys et cetera in a box at the entry of your home.
4. Have a shower. If you can’t wash all your exposed areas – hands, wrists, arms, neck, nails etcetera.
5. Wash your mobile phone, glasses, with hot soapy water or alcohol or disinfectant.
6. Clean with bleach/disinfectant all the surfaces of whatever you brought from outside before you storing it.
7. Finally, carefully remove and dispose of your gloves and then wash your hands.
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