During a pandemic, keeping your hands clean is the first line of defence to keep you and your family safe.

COVID-19 is a respiratory virus that spreads when droplets or mucus containing the virus enter the body, most commonly through the eyes, nose or mouth. Often, this occurs through hand contact.

Here are some of Aidlink’s top tips:

  • Wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds, scrubbing between fingers, the back of hands and wrists. Make sure to rinse thoroughly.

  • Cold water works just as well as warm water as long as you have soap.

  • Avoid touching your face (mouth, nose, eyes).

  • Remember to use proper coughing and sneezing etiquette. Use the corner of your flexed elbow or a tissue, and always wash your hands afterwards.

  • Practice physical distancing as much as possible: Avoiding shaking hands, hugging, and sharing utensils like cutlery.

  • Generally clean surfaces more frequently.

For more information please visit the World Health Organisation, Africa