The COVID-19 PPE Travel Checklist
There’s a killer disease out there, and nothing seems to be stopping the second wave from overwhelming the country. Yet despite the real and present threat to the nation’s concerned residents from Coronavirus, we still have to try to live a normal life, going out food shopping, dropping our children off at school and picking them up after they have spent the day in a very large bubble with children from other households. Added to that, we are a very social people and we need to interact with others for our own mental health.
Whether you are in Tier One, Tier Two or Tier Three or full lockdown, the law sets out that we all must wear face masks in certain environments, such as public transport, school, work, shops, restaurants and more.
The Covid-Safe Checklist ✅
So, what is the most Covid-safe way to go to work, school or the shops during a pandemic? We’ve prepared a Personal Protective Equipment checklist that will help protect you when you are out and about and protect your loved ones when you return home.
✅ Hands, Face, Space
As you most probably know, the government’s current Coronavirus mantra is “Hands, Space, Face*”. Wash your hands, wear a face mask and keep space between you and those outside of your household or support bubble. With this in mind, we have aligned our COVID checklist with the Government’s and their medical experts' advice.
Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty said:
"As we approach winter and inevitably spend more time indoors, we need the public to keep following this important advice to control the spread of the virus.
‘Hands. Face. Space’ emphasises important elements of the guidance we want everybody to remember: wash your hands regularly, use a face covering when social distancing is not possible and try to keep your distance from those not in your household.
Following these simple steps could make a significant difference in reducing the transmission of COVID-19 and help protect you and your friends, colleagues and family from the virus."
Washing hands for 20 seconds (or more) using soap and water or a hand sanitiser (following the product manufacturer's instructions) is one of the health community’s key recommendations to help prevent and slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
While coronavirus is not likely to survive for long periods of time on outdoor surfaces in sunlight, it can live for more than 24 hours in indoor environments. Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or using hand sanitiser, regularly throughout the day will therefore reduce the risk of catching or passing on the virus.
Washing or sanitising your hands is recommended on a regular basis currently but should be done more regularly in a number of circumstances, including:
- when you get to work or arrive home
- after you blow your nose, cough or sneeze
- before you eat or handle food
Although wearing gloves is not currently recommended in most non-medical situations, especially if you are washing or sanitising your hands, we do understand that our customers may sometimes want to wear gloves in some instances. For example, when visiting someone’s home (within local or national guidelines), when handling food or other people’s property or when viewing a home to buy or rent. So we have added gloves to our list of Covid-19 travel checklist items.
Coronavirus is carried in the air by tiny respiratory droplets that carry the virus. Larger droplets can land on other people or on surfaces they touch while smaller droplets, called aerosols, can stay in the air indoors for at least five minutes, and often much longer if there is no ventilation. Face coverings reduce the dispersion of these droplets, meaning if you’re carrying the virus, you’re less likely to spread it when you exhale.
Transmission of the virus is most likely to happen within two metres, with risk increasing exponentially at shorter distances. While keeping this exact distance isn’t always possible, remaining mindful of surroundings and continuing to make space has a powerful impact when it comes to containing the spread.
While the rate coronavirus deaths may have significantly reduced, the virus is still circulating in communities and impacting people of all ages across the UK. ‘Hands. Face. Space’ are simple but vital behaviours that have the power to protect the public from both the short and potential long-term impact of coronavirus.
THE COVID-SAFE PERSONAL PROTECTION TRAVEL KIT
To help you stay safe whilst out and about, we have put together some ideas for your very own personal protection kit to use when travelling on public transport, while at work, when shopping or out socialising. The pack includes:
- A bottle of hand sanitiser (spray or gel) of medical grade quality to keep bacteria at bay
- A disposable face mask designed to ensure you are protected from viruses and bacteria in accordance with UK guidelines.
- Cleansing wipes which can be used to disinfect items such as your phone, door handles, trolly/basket handles to ensure that you are minimising risk whilst out of the house.
- The kit also includes a pair of disposable food safe gloves to ensure that your skin is protected and you prevent the spread of any bacteria or viruses.
Hand sanitisers (wipes/spray): Clinell Antimicrobial Hand & Surface Wipes or Spray*
Gloves: We recommend our budget friendly Shield Polythene Disposable Gloves (100)*
Face masks: Our civilian Grade, disposable 3ply Non Woven Face Mask with Ear Loops (10)* are ideal for for Covid safe travel kit
*to ensure optimal protection, it is important to follow the instructions on the product packaging.
*Source: Hands Space Face information and media via gov.co.uk available under the Open Government Licence