Personal Protective Equipment ( PPE)
We can help reduce the spread of the virus by utilising PPE. The government's advice on the use of PPE has changed quite often but the general rule of thumb is, if you can get your hands on it then use it!
This includes the use of gloves, goggles and masks.
Mask use cuts transmission of the virus especially in asymptomatic and pre symptomatic individuals.
It can be hard to get your hands on masks and at an affordable price. They do not need to be expensive and homemade ones are nearly as effective for short periods e.g. shopping. See this video that a local resident has put together for us on how to make your own mask.
Thank you to Jane Barrie of Jane's Stitches for doing this for us and all of her help in this initiative.
If you haven’t a mask handy almost any covering will do.
It is important not to touch the outside of the mask while you are wearing it, and remove for washing carefully after use. without touching the outer layers. Cloth masks should be washed at 60c after use.
Wearing gloves will not prevent you from catching the virus. If you touch a contaminated surface with gloves on, and then touch your face at this point, you might still get infected.
However, gloves do offer an extra layer of protection if used safely and following a safe shopping routine, as described on our Shop Safely page.
Ideally, use a new pair each time, but you can also re-use gloves if cleaned. Washing-up gloves work too!
This is how to wash your gloves.
Wash your gloves with soap and water (Laundry detergent, dishwashing soap)
Do not use bleach or solvent (hand gel) or oil
Air dry your gloves
Do not expose to heat or direct sunlight
Wearing goggles in enclosed places (pharmacies, shops) is just as important as wearing a mask, as the virus can be spread through droplets entering your body through your eye.
Covid-19 droplets can stay in the air for up to 3 hours.
If you do not have goggles, you can use DIY goggles, or wrap-around sunglasses too.
Wearing mask, gloves and goggles will help you stay safe & keep others safe too!