April 16, 2021

How to avoid contagion at home: personal hygiene, micro hugs and meetings in a “bubble”


There is discussion about reducing the range of public transport and the presence in schools and workplaces, to limit the risk of contacts with coronavirus positives and thus curb the growth of the epidemic. The general invitation stay and home but not even in our apartment can we feel safe, rather. According to the latest weekly monitoring of the control room set up by the Ministry of Health, the Higher Institute of Health and the Regions, more than 80% of outbreaks occur in the home environment. Limiting travel to the crucial essentials precisely to avoid bringing the virus into the house because once it arrives at home it becomes very difficult to contain it. If it is impossible to cancel the risk of infection, however, a series of rules can be followed to reduce the probability of infection.

Prevention starts outside the home

Prevention of contagion in the home begins first of all outside the door. Useless travel and unnecessary encounters must be avoided. The mask must always be worn covering the nose and mouth well: indoors but also outdoors if it is not possible to keep a safe distance. Hands should be sanitized often and avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth as much as possible. Upon returning home, it is a good idea to take off your shoes to prevent entry not only to the coronavirus, but to all microorganisms. There is no need to wash your clothes once you return home unless you are frequenting or working in high-risk environments such as hospitals or nursing homes. Jackets and coats should be placed on the hangers and not on the bed or sofa. Very important: wash your hands thoroughly immediately.

Dating in a bubble: better to always see the same people

In private homes it is strongly recommended to avoid parties and to receive people who do not live together in a number greater than six, reads the Dpcm of 13 October last. In the case of guests, it is advisable to invite them to follow the rules of hygiene when they enter the house (wash their hands, take off their shoes) and still maintain a distance of at least one meter. Obviously, the exchange of glasses or plates should be avoided. Between a chat and the other, in front of friends, it is easy for the attention threshold to drop but when you don’t eat it is a good idea to put on the mask. If you do not want to give up sociality, you can opt for a bubble among friends: choose a couple that you can meet frequently at home with the agreement between everyone to limit the meeting with others to the essentials (work or school) people.

The most fragile must be protected: mask even at home and micro hugs

Those who have many contacts for study or work reasons must keep their distance from fragile people and wear a mask in their presence, even if at home. Grandparents and relatives with chronic diseases must be protected with great care because for them, in the event of Covid-19 infection, the risk of complications is higher. Those who know they have been in a risky situation should avoid visiting grandparents or frail relatives for a couple of weeks. The temptation to hug a loved one strong, but best avoided. If you can’t give up, it’s better to do it for a few seconds outdoors, with the mask and faces facing opposite directions.

Coexistence with positives: sick and asymptomatic have to sleep alone

When a Covid-19 positive family member is not at all easy to prevent the virus from spreading. Those who are ill or asymptomatic must isolate themselves in a dedicated room, sleep alone, avoid any contact compatibly with the need to be assisted. Any meeting between family members should be limited to a few minutes with a mask and at a distance. The rooms must be ventilated frequently. The bathroom should also be for exclusive use but if not possible it should be disinfected and sanitized after use, using chlorine-based products (bleach) or 70 percent alcohol. No sharing of towels or sheets. Dishes, glasses and cutlery can be washed with normal kitchen soap, while the waste produced by the infected person must be disposed of in a double plastic bag.

22 October 2020 (change October 22, 2020 | 08:48)

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