COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus. The advice from the Government/NHS for anyone in any setting is as follows:
Government guidelines and advice
- Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so.
- To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately. Then wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.
Do Big Wipes kill Coronavirus?
Big Wipes hand cleaning wipes can be as effective as soap and water at removing microorganisms from hands, tools & surfaces, particularly when sinks are unavailable
The detergents in the Big Wipes cleaning formula help remove microorganisms, dirt and impurities from skin & surfaces, lowering the risk of spreading infection.
Big Wipes are an ideal hand hygiene solution for busy trade professionals, who spend much of their time on the move with limited access to a sink.
Big Wipes also contain a broad spectrum antibacterial additive, which is proven effective against 99.9% bacteria.
A virus needs a host – living cells – to reproduce: so don’t rub your eyes, or touch your mouth or any wounds if your hands are not clean. Using Big Wipes will not kill the corona virus but your clean hands will help you avoid catching and spreading it.
- a cough
- a high temperature
- shortness of breath
But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.
How coronavirus is spread
Because it’s a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person. Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets. It’s very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food.
How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- always wash your hands when you get home or into work
- use hand sanitiser gel or wipes if soap and water are not available
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
- try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Check if you need medical help
NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.
Use this service if:
- you think you might have coronavirus
- in the last 14 days you’ve been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus – see our coronavirus advice for travellers
- you’ve been in close contact with someone with coronavirus