when they should then be discarded of safely in a non-touch and self-closing bin.

To remove a mask safely, pull it away from the face and handle the ties only. Following the removal of face coverings, hands should be thoroughly washed.

Public Health England guidance recommends the following types of PPE for each situation:

When providing close personal care in direct contact with the resident(s) (e.g. touching) OR within two metres of anyone in the household who is coughing.

• Disposable gloves – To protect from fluids, secretions and contact from a resident’s body.

• Disposable plastic apron - To protect from fluids, secretions and contact from a resident’s body.

Fluid repellent surgical mask – This can be worn throughout the shiſt, unless staff need to eat, drink or take a break.

• Eye protection – To protect from secretions and droplets from a resident’s mouth. This is particularly important when a resident is repeatedly coughing.

• When within two metres of a client or household member but not delivering personal care or needing to touch them, and there is no one within two metres who has a cough.

• Type 11 surgical mask - This can be worn throughout the shiſt, unless staff need to eat, drink or take a break. It may also be prudent to wear visors, but they have been found to limit the inhalation of the virus by 92%.


Coronavirus can live on surfaces for seven days. It is therefore important that effective surface hygiene be incorporated daily to prevent the spread of the virus. Basic tasks like washing hands and wiping down surfaces and possessions can have a big impact on limiting the spread of the virus. Using effective products to disinfect surfaces, such as Clinell Universal wipes which is used by 9 out 10 NHS hospitals and kills the COVID-19 virus in 30 seconds, is important to reduce transmission rates of the virus.

Carers undertaking cleaning duties should be aware of the five principles of the cleaning. GAMA Healthcare has a suite of free downloadable resources, which can be shared amongst colleagues and provided to in-house, or agency cleaning staff. These include posters that can be put up as a daily reminder. All waste should be put aside for 72 hours before being put inside the household.


Transmission of the virus can occur within two metres and, therefore, the risk of the virus spreading increases at shorter distances. For this reason, care staff should assist with social distancing measures and should be mindful of their surroundings. Residents should be isolated within their rooms as much as is practical.

By incorporating these practices into daily duties, carers can help limit the spread of the infectious disease and protect themselves, as well as residents who are vulnerable.

- 29 - "It is important that care

staff remain vigilant and are up-to-date on best practice hygiene and infection-

prevention control practice as government advice is constantly evolving."



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