COVID-19 – Cross Contamination Measures

Please Be Prepared

Great advice has been circulating from the Ministry of Health and other sources with regard to measures we can take personally to protect ourselves. Cross Contamination is an important matter than needs to be given serious consideration as well.

Cross Contamination after you have cleaned your hands is a serious risk in any environment. It can quickly undo your good work with hand cleaning. 

Here are a few items of possibly obvious, but not yet considered measures we can all take:

According to an international scientific source fabrics can be a source of cross contamination, metal surfaces are considered to be high risk for spread of COVID-19, with the Virus possibly remaining alive for hours; plastic surfaces can be a higher risk, with viruses possibly remaining alive for days. The key point is we need to clean more than our hands and use hand sanitiser when out and about.

1.    Have you cleaned or sanitised the following items?

      a.   Watches, mobile phone, doorknobs, locks, your personal set of keys and your MedicAlert Medical ID.

      b.    Light switches (use a damp  not wet  cloth to avoid risk of shock), TV Remote Controls.

      c.    Handrails and other surfaces you may routinely touch in your home.

2.  Outside the home and while out in the community, clean or use hand sanitiser periodically following contact with:

a.  Car door handles (in and out), seat belts, steering wheel, letter box door; front doorbell buttons.

b.  Trolley handles, buttons and handrails in lifts, all door handles.

c.  Bus or Train handrails.

d.  If you have other suggestions, please let us know on our Facebook page.  

3.    If you believe someone has sneezed or coughed in your presence, sensibly consider if it is necessary to change your top, or other clothes and put them through the wash.

4.    Some people may be thinking, how often do I need to do these things above ? There is no right answer that applies to everyone. Each person’s situation will be different. The Key Point is: Be aware of your environment. After touching surfaces, wash your hands if your can, otherwise use hand sanitiser.

5.    If you know the surfaces you touch in your home are clean and others are not touching these surfaces, they should stay clean for longer. If you have come in contact with someone who appears unwell in the community or at home, be more vigilant, maintain social distancing and wash hands more frequently. If at home think “do I need to re-sanitise any door handles, surfaces or switches”.

6.    You could be hearing a lot of advice. This could easily become overwhelming. Stay calm, why is this?. When we become anxious, stressed or fearful, we may stop thinking clearly and make poor decisions or rush and do things that are not necessary or cause us more stress. Being calm helps us think clearly and rationally, so we continue to make sound and sensible decisions, that help keep us safe.