A SWEARY GUIDELINE:
- Hand washing is *a* measure that can reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 (also other viruses such as Influenza). It is not *the* measure. Reducing risk means lowering the risk that you will contract the pathogen and spread it to others – it doesn’t mean stop it in its tracks. There are other things you need to be doing to reduce the risk of transmission. Using regular soap is fine.
- -You can use alcohol hand sanitisers if they include 60% alcohol. If you don’t have access to soap, an alcohol hand sanitiser is fine but don’t use it long term as it will dry out your hands and won’t actually clean them. Don’t attempt DIY hand sanitisers, they won’t be as effective as commercially made products.
- -Sanitising wipes are good for surfaces that people touch a lot (benches, tables, elevator buttons) however might your impact on the environment. A disinfectant spray is also good. Remember to keep your dishwashing clothes clean.
- Practice social distancing as much as you can. If you are around people who are coughing or sneezing or talking a 1-metre gap; (3ft) is recommended by the WHO. Work remotely from home even if you aren’t showing symptoms as you could be contagious and not know it. I understand that not everyone can work from home so it’s important that you are vigilant about handwashing and keeping your distance from people. Stay away from me, I want to fucking hermit.
- Self isolate if you need to or if you feel you need to. There is no shame in needing to do this. The Playstation store does digital downloads, just sayin. Don’t give me that “I feel fine to go to work” when you look like crap, bullshit.
- Don’t go to work or out in public if you are showing symptoms or have tested positive. I will fucking slap you with a long pole.
- Avoid touching your face as much as possible. Your face is the easiest point of entry for viruses. A hot sexy portal of entry.
- If you need to sneeze or cough and you don’t have a tissue, use the bend of your elbow to cover your mouth. If you use a tissue, dispose of it immediately.
- Don’t fucking bulk buy items to excess – no one needs 30 packs of bog roll. This reduces the chance that people living in poverty or people with disabilities will be able to obtain them and means more people in one locations which increasing the chance catching something (whether it be COVID-19 or another form of virus). Not everyone has the ability to buy items whenever they feel like it and not everyone is healthy enough to battle a virus without risk of serious complications.
- Check to see if your local grocery store can do a delivery to your home keeping in mind that delivery times might be blown out due to an increase in demand. This reduces the chance of you needing to go out and see other humans.
- Check up on your friends and family by phone, text, email or some form of internet communication. Self-isolation can be lonely.
- Don’t be a turd to retail workers (or medical staff), these are the people on the front lines trying to keep food, sanitary items, drinks and other necessities on the shelves. They can’t control stock levels. If stores put restrictions on the sale of items in place to ensure more people can have access to them – don’t take it out on staff. Don’t take it out on anyone.
- Stop saying “Only the elderly, older people (those over 60), and already sick people die from COVID-19”. You know who elderly people are? My parents. Your parents. I am a person with a chronic illness. I work with older people over 60. Healthy people might have a lower risk of developing symptoms but that doesn’t make you exempt from being a carrier. Wash your fucking hands you heartless fucks.
- It’s not “just a cold” or “like the Flu”. Both colds and Influenza are dangerous and you should be taking as many precautions (G.E.T Y.O.U.R. F.L.U.S.H.O.T) as you can to prevent the spread of all viruses. It’s not just about you but the village you live in.