Why everyone needs a soap and water handwash…
As the weather grows colder, reported incidents of norovirus – sometimes referred to as “the winter vomiting bug” – are increasing dramatically across the UK. This has prompted a great deal of emphasis on controlling its spread by the use of regular and effective hand washing, in the form of the #thinknoro campaign, according to a recent report on the SomersetLive website.
The article by Yasmin Cooke quotes local GP and Clinical Chair at Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr Jonathan Hayes, who emphasises that hand washing is the only viable option of curtailing the spread of the illness.
“There is no vaccine or immediate treatment for norovirus – prevention is the best form of defence. One of the best ways to protect against norovirus is by practicing good hygiene. This includes thorough hand washing with soap and warm water after using the toilet and before eating or preparing foods.”
The #ThinkNoro campaign
The article refers to the #ThinkNoro campaign, which is currently being given an exceptionally high profile across the country.
N – “No visits to hospitals, care homes and GP surgeries if you are suffering from symptoms of Norovirus – send someone else to visit loved ones until you are better.”
O – “Once you’ve been symptom-free for at least 48 hours , you’re safe to return to work, school or visit hospitals and care home.”
R – “Regularly wash your hands with soap and warm water, especially after using the toilet, and before eating or preparing food.”
O – “Only hand-washing will prevent spread of Norovirus – alcohol hand gels DON’T kill the virus.”
Mobile handwash units – put them wherever they’re needed!
TEAL produces an incredible range of mobile sinks and portable basins for every type of hand washing situation for use by anyone who needs to wash their hands effectively, whether they’re in an office environment, temporary accommodation or out in the field on a daily basis.
There are vehicle mounted, wall mounted, mains powered and free standing hand wash stations as well as mobile sinks with pre-heated hot water.