|Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands often!
This is the most important of all. Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Soap is better than hand sanitizer because the soap bursts the protective wall (lipid envelope) that contains the active part of the virus of COVID-19 and destroys its ability to infect you.
|Avoid touching your face, eyes and mouth
If you have to touch your face, make sure your hands are clean.
Viruses and bacteria have an easy route to infect you through your eyes, nose and mouth.
|Cover your cough or sneeze
Cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
Don't sneeze into your hands. Or cover your mouth with a tissue.
Flush the used tissue down the toilet or put into the waste bin.
|Physical distancing is important to stop the spread of COVID-19
Maintain a physical distance of 2metres between yourself and anyone living outside your home bubble.
NO hongis, handshakes, hugs, high fives or fist pumps.
|No Visitors or Visiting
During Alert Level 4 we must all remain in our family bubbles that were formed on or before 25 March 2020. There is no social visiting allowed and only essential travel is allowed e.g. for shopping, doctors appointments, so if other family or friends are helping with shopping, make sure you both keep well and safe by having them leave shopping at the door.
We have instructed all our Support Group Coordinators that regular meetings are to be cancelled until further notice. Contact with members is to be by telephone or online, or in exceptional circumstances with the 2m distancing practice and safe hygiene rules being adhered to at all times.
At Alert Level 3 these restrictions will change so that if a relative or loved one lives locally, and is currently alone you can extend your bubble to include them. If you are returning to work and need to establish child care or other care arrangements for those already in your bubble, a care provider can join your bubble.
There is further information on the Government's website about limits on gatherings and the maintenance of social/physical distancing at Alert Level 3 when this Alert Level comes into effect on 28 April 2020.
Doctors and Medical Appointments
Call your GP before you visit. Or call Healthline on 0800 358 5453.
|Parent 2 Parent have put together this simple and easy to understand booklet to help you talk to children about COVID-19.|