Keeping yourself and your loved ones safe

To ensure you keep yourself and your family protected, you need to make sure you are following the proper steps to avoid contracting the virus.


You need to make sure you are washing your hands for at least 20 seconds.

The government recommends singing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice in order to reach 20 seconds.

You need to scrub your palms, in between each finger and the back of each hand.

The video below, by Barts Health NHS Trust, shows a walkthrough on the correct way to wash your hands.


Cover your face when entering public buildings.

You can buy face masks in most shops across the country, but you can always make your own at home.

When choosing or making a mask, ensure that it is thin enough to breathe relatively comfortably, but also thick enough that you cannot blow out the flame of a match whilst wearing the mask.

The mask should cover your mouth AND your nose. Wearing a mask solely over your mouth is not effective, as droplets can still enter and exit your nose.

The video below, by the NHS youtube channel, provides more information on face coverings.


In the presence of people outside of your household, it is important to maintain a safe distance from each other.

The recommended distance is 2 meters where possible.

The average door in the UK is roughly 2 meters in length, so if somebody is within the length of a door of you, they’re too close!

The video below, by the NHS youtube channel, provides information on why hands, face and space is so important during this pandemic.