About coronavirus

Reducing infection in the home

Reducing infection in the home

There will be times when you need to leave the house (within the limits of current guidelines), which means you might be exposed to some contact with others. It is possible for you to be infected with coronavirus and not have any symptoms. If you’re in a shared living space, infections can be passed around. 

It is essential to take steps to reduce the risk of infection in your home – always start by maintaining good hygiene. If you have been outside, as soon as you get home, take off your coat and shoes and wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds.

Clean and disinfect
To stop the spread of germs, focus your efforts on high-traffic surfaces including door handles, fridge doors, cupboard handles, light switches, tv remotes, keyboards, phones, counters and taps. 

Use either soap and hot water to rinse the germs away, or disinfectant to kill them.

Make sure you dry surfaces such as worktops and chopping boards thoroughly after cleaning. Dampness helps any remaining germs to survive and even multiply.

The NHS recommends these tips for preventing germs from spreading.  

Protecting yourself when cleaning

  • Use disposable gloves
  • Never mix household bleach with other cleaning products

It’s important to do what you can to help stop the spread of coronavirus for everyone in your household.