What does ‘Hands. Face. Space.’ Mean?
What does ‘Hands. Face. Space.’ Mean?
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You may be forgiven for thinking that ‘Hands. Face. Space’ is a lesser-known verse of the song ‘Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’, but it is actually a new public information campaign that has been introduced by the government to control the spread of coronavirus and avoid a second peak.
Winter is approaching, which means we are going to be spending more time indoors and this is where the coronavirus can spread more quickly and easily.
Due to this increased time spent in enclosed spaces, the government have developed a new campaign which emphasises the importance of hand hygiene, the use of face coverings and social distancing.
The ‘Hands. Face. Space’ campaign was implemented on the 9th September 2020 and aims to curb the spread of coronavirus by encouraging us all to remember three of the most important pieces of advice that have been issued during the pandemic:
- Wash your hands
- Wear a face mask when in public spaces
- Maintain social distancing
These 3 simple tasks are just small changes to our daily life, but they can have big positive effects.
Through remembering ‘Hands. Face. Space.’ we can help to stop the rising infection rates, prevent transmission to those around us and help to keep ourselves, our families and our friends safe.
We understand that things are a bit confusing at the moment, so we have developed this straightforward guide that tells you everything you need to know about this new campaign and how you can use it to keep yourself and others safe.
Hands - How can you maintain good hand hygiene?
One of the main tasks we have been encouraged to undertake regularly is thorough hand washing and sanitising.
Our hands are incredibly busy throughout the day.
From desks and stationary to opening doors and holding utensils, our hands touch a lot of surfaces and can pick up many different types of germs that may be living on them.
Although the coronavirus is not likely to survive for long on surfaces that are outdoors in the sunlight, it can live on indoor surfaces for up to 24 hours.
This means that we can easily pick it up and spread it from surface to surface and become infect ourselves through touching our face or eating food with unclean hands.
Once infected, with Covid-19 (the illness caused by coronavirus) we can spread it to other people through droplets caused by coughing and sneezing.
Implementing regular and thorough hand washing and sanitising can remove the virus, as well as other germs, from our hands, therefore reducing the likelihood of infection and transmission, which can help to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
The best way to remove harmful germs from our hands is to wash them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
If soap and water is not available, hand sanitiser can be used to cleanse your hands.
You should wash or cleanse your hands regularly throughout the day, especially:
- Before eating or touching food
- After using the toilet, changing nappies or sanitary products
- After sneezing, coughing or blowing your nose
- Before wearing a mask and after removing it
- Before and after visiting a shop
Avoid touching your face throughout the day, as much as possible, especially with unwashed hands.
Try to keep a bottle of hand sanitiser on your person at all times, to keep your hands clean on the go.
Although frequently washing our hands or applying hand sanitiser may feel like a chore it is one of the most simplest things we can do to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Face - How do face masks work?
Coronavirus can spread through small droplets known as aerosols, which are produced when we talk, breathe, laugh, cough or sneeze.
Aerosols can remain in the air in an indoor environment for at least five minutes and even longer if there is no suitable ventilation.
Larger droplets can land on surfaces and other people which can then be touched and spread via the hands.
This means that, if we don’t cover our faces, people around us can be exposed to the germs we spread through the aerosols we produce and we can be exposed to germs that are spread by those around us.
Wearing a face mask can prevent or reduce the dispersion of aerosols and droplets we produce from our nose and mouth.
Face masks work by blocking the droplets from being released into the air.
Some people may be infected with the coronavirus, but are unaware of this due to them being asymptomatic (infected without showing symptoms) and can therefore spread the disease unknowingly.
Wearing a face mask, whether you are experiencing symptoms or not, can help to prevent the spread of coronavirus and keep those around you safe.
There are a wide range of face masks available at Chemist4U that can suit your needs.
Whether you’re looking for simple disposable face masks or washable, reusable masks that come in a range of funky colours and patterns to help you stand out at your local supermarket, we can help find a mask that is suitable for you.
Why is social distancing important?
The virus is more likely to spread within a distance of 2 metres and the risk increases with each increment that this distance is shortened.
It is important to keep as much distance between you and people who are not part of your household to prevent transmission.
Making enough space between you and other people when out walking or in public spaces has a powerful impact on the spread of coronavirus.
To protect yourself and others from becoming infected, it is so important to maintain social distancing wherever possible.
How can Hands, Face, Space stop the spread of Coronavirus?
Washing our hands, covering our faces and maintaining social distancing are three behaviours that are easy to implement in our everyday lives and can help to prevent the spread of the coronavirus from worsening.
In some circumstances, it can be difficult to maintain social distancing as the indoor environment isn’t large enough to provide the suitable amount of space.
Places like public transport and shops may not have enough room for you to keep 2m away from the other people around you, so it is vital that you wear a face mask, make as much room as possible in the given space and ensure you are washing or sanitising your hands both before and after you are in a small public space.
It is also important to remember that if you need to sneeze or cough, to do so into the crease of your elbow, as this can reduce the amount of aerosols that are dispersed into the air.
If you do need to sneeze or cough, you must also wash or sanitise your hands afterwards to remove any germs that may have landed on them.
The more we incorporate the three features of this campaign into our lives, the more normal it will become before it is a part of our everyday routine that we no longer even have to remember to do.
Remembering ‘Hands. Face. Space.’ will help us to avoid another aggressive spread of this disease and control a second spike, so make sure you have hand sanitiser and face masks to hand and remember to keep your distance.