COVID-19 Essentials

COVID-19 Essentials

It’s always a concern when we start to feel unwell, but even more so when you’re wondering if it’s just a common cold or a symptom of the coronavirus.

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Why is PPE important?


Just like an umbrella keeps you dry when it rains, PPE keeps you safe from infections.


Although it’s best to use PPE each time you interact with others, it’s especially important in crowded places or clinical environments, such as your GP surgery and hospital.


When used with frequent hand-washing and hand sanitiser, you’ll lower the risk of spreading an infection to others, which may be on your mind if you have a vulnerable or elderly person in your life.

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Frequently Asked Questions

You may have heard the term ‘PPE’ a lot during the pandemic - but what does it mean?


PPE stands for personal protective equipment, which means anything worn by one person to protect themselves against health and safety hazards.


This can include face coverings, gloves, aprons and visors.

Most hand sanitisers contain at least 60% alcohol and work to kill bacteria and viruses.


Those containing less than 60% may not kill all bacteria and only limit the growth, rather than killing it.


Having a hand sanitiser on hand can be really useful on-the-go when you need to clean your hands but don’t have access to soap and water.

Washable or reusable face coverings are effective, with researchers reporting that they block between 62% and 87% of particles.


However, surgical masks are a better option if you’re looking for the ultimate protection, blocking a higher average of 78%.


If you’re washing your reusable face covering, make sure to wash them at 60°C to kill all viruses and bacteria.

If you have sensitive skin, you may find that hand sanitiser dries out and irritates your skin due to the high alcohol content.


This isn’t to say you can’t or shouldn’t use it.


Look for a hand sanitiser that is enriched with a moisturiser, or if needed, invest in an emollient cream to hydrate and replenish your skin after use.

t’s most likely not your mask that’s the problem, but the way you wear it.


Check that your mask is fitted tightly to your face and further up your nose - this will ensure that your breath isn’t escaping to fog up the lenses.


If it’s too loose, tighten the ear loops or try sticking some surgical tape on the bridge of your nose to secure the mask.

Hand sanitiser is a great option for when you’re on the go, but you shouldn’t rely on them too much.


This is because they cannot remove all bacteria and viruses - even ones with very high alcohol content.


Washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds is more effective in removing illness-causing germs.