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Leading GP urges continued focus on hand washing to defeat Coronavirus

A leading local GP has urged people to keep focussed on the importance of hand washing in the fight against Coronavirus/COVID-19.

Dr Steve Fawcett, Clinical Director for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent CCGs said: “We absolutely have to remember the basics and that includes had washing.

“The key to fighting infection is keeping clean and especially your hands, even if you are at home.

“Hand washing is critically important if you’ve done certain things. If you’ve been out and about; if you’ve used shared facilities or touched surfaces that other people may have touched; before you eat; if you’ve been touching your face you need to clean your hands.

“Washing your hands with soap and water is the best way and you need to be fairly disciplined about it. It’s the best way to protect yourself and those around you, especially those following the shielding guidelines because they are vulnerable due to their age or underlying health conditions.”

Washing hands properly should take about 20 seconds – about the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday To You twice. It should include your wrist, between your fingers, your nails and thumbs.

Dr Fawcett added: “Please follow official guidance about staying safe, social distancing and looking after vulnerable people, and don’t take health advice from social media.”

NHS advice on Coronavirus/COVID-19 can be found at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

 

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