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Stay Safe 


To protect vulnerable and shielding local residents, Rye Mutual Aid volunteers follow these steps.

If residents in Rye also follow the advice, we will reduce opportunities for the virus to move between

individuals. It could save a life.

To prevent infection and to slow transmission of COVID-19, do the following:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or clean them with alcohol-based hand rub. 

  • Maintain at least six feet distance between you and other people. 

  • Wear a face covering.

  • Avoid touching your face. 

  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. 

  • Stay home if you feel unwell. 

  • Refrain from smoking and other activities that weaken the lungs. 

  • Practice physical distancing by avoiding unnecessary travel and staying away from large groups of people. 


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the virus “is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.” It cites two primary forms of transmission:
1. “Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)
2. [and] through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.”


This is why experts recommend social distancing, hand washing, and regularly sanitizing high-touch areas as the best measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus. 


High-touch areas include:

Doorknobs and handles

Handles on furniture and appliances

Tables, desks, hard-backed chairs

Light switches

Faucets and sinks

Toilet flusher

Toiletries and makeup

Hand and dish towels

Handbags, tote bags, 

Steering wheels



Under current circumstances, we would recommend that you do 60°C washes, more regularly, as soon as clothes have been worn. While it can be tempting to put on a quick wash, homeowners can get rid of viruses by opting for a cycle at 60°C.
The NHS advises that ‘In certain situations clothes should be washed at higher than normal temperatures and with a bleach-based product to minimise the transmission risk as much as possible.


Enclosed areas such as shops and common spaces in blocks of flats are of high risk due to non-circulating air and COVID-19 droplets hanging for up to 3 hours. Try avoiding enclosed areas, or if you have to go in, wear a mask (or 3 layers of scarf around nose and mouth) & wrap-around glasses. All to be washed before reusing. The virus is spread by droplets and this prevents transmission by those with no symptoms as well as affording some personal protection.
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