#1 You don’t need to stockpile facemasks
The World Health Organisation says a facemask is only necessary is you are infected, in close contact with someone who is infected, or working in a 'high-risk' occupation such as healthcare. The only other time wearing a face mask may be advisable is if you are going to be in a cramped space with many other people for an extended period of time, such as on a plane.
#2 Don’t panic buy
While it is a good idea to grab one or two extra items in your grocery shop each week, should you need to self-quarantine for two weeks, The Prime Minister has repeatedly explained that panic buying and hoarding absolutely is not necessary. Today, Supermarkets confirmed that they are receiving deliveries every 24 hours, and have plenty of products to go around.
#3 Don’t make your own hand sanitiser
Although stocks of hand sanitiser may be running low in stores right now, it’s important not to try and make your own at home. A DIY recipe needs to contain the right percentage of alcohol to be effective against COVID-19. Anything that contains less than 60% alcohol or that is primarily made up of ingredients such as essential oils, will likely not be effective. The best method to reduce your exposure is to wash your hands often with soap, for at least 30 seconds.
#4 You don’t need to buy special cleaning products
Average household cleaning products that contain chlorine bleach, strong detergents, isopropyl alcohol solutions and hydrogen peroxide will all remove viruses from surfaces, but a good scrub with soap and water using a clean cloth will also do the job. An analysis of 22 studies on sister viruses to COVID-19 (such as SARS) found that it can be efficiently inactivated by simple disinfecting.
#5 Don’t stockpile medicine
Although you may like to ensure you and your family have any medicines you might need for a two-week quarantine should you become infected, it is unnecessary to stockpile an endless supply of medicines. In fact, the Therapeutic Goods Administration has not yet received any notifications of medicine shortages in Australia that are a direct result of COVID-19, and pharmacies ask that you do not do so.
This article first appeared on Better Homes and Gardens
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