Keeping the virus outside
Easier said than done. COVID-19 is a pernicious virus that carries through the air and can live on surfaces (including packages) for up to 72 hours. If one or more people in your household continues to work, goes shopping or even takes a stroll – how do you stop the virus entering you home? It’s all about zones and probabilities.
This is a guide for the highly concerned and motivated. Few will want to follow every step, I don’t always myself. I will walk into the bathroom only to realise I am still wearing my shoes, or open a door before washing my hands – argghhh! Before we start, here is the official NHS Guidance on protecting yourself.
It cannot be stressed enough that for most people the virus is no worse than the flu. I have tried to cover everything to be as cautious as possible. Take from it what you want, rather than feel you need to cover every step. Now let’s break it down and provide some suggestions for you and your family to increase the probability of keeping you all virus free.
Medical experts working with infectious agents define zones to protect themselves:
- Hot (Red) Zone – is out there, outside, it’s unsafe, where you may easily encounter the virus.
- Warm (Yellow) Zone – a buffer where you rid yourself of any virus and clean anything that might be giving it a free ride.
- Cool (Green) Zone – is where you can feel safe, away from risk and finally able to scratch your nose without fear.
Life time of virus data is from the New England Journal of Medicine 17th March 2020. If you prefer video, you can see a clear explanation of this research from British nurse, John Campbell on YouTube.
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