In this series of blogs I am providing practical tips on how to follow Government advice and reduce risks.
To protect ourselves, we need to keep remembering about the routes of transmission – either direct transmission from droplets or via hand contact sites to our eyes, nose and mouth.
If there are others in the house who are ill, then keeping protected is very hard, but we can still try.
Q. What about laundry?
Contaminated laundry could be a risk to others in the household.
- Even if no-one has symptoms yet, it pays to carry out the simplest action to keep safe – put a full laundry basket into quarantine for 72 hours (don’t add to it whilst it is in quarantine).
- Don’t shake clothes or linen prior to putting in the washing machine. If there are any viruses in the laundry it could make them airborne.
- Alternatively if you want your washing in a hurry, then wash at 60 degrees minimum if your clothes will stand it (otherwise I suggest you wait).
- For white bedlinen and towels, I put them on a 90 degree wash anyway
- Wash your hands after putting washing in the machine.
- Disinfect the machine door handle after putting the washing in.
- Use a separate basket for dirty and for clean linen.
- Always wash your hands after handling dirty laundry and before handling clean items.
If someone has symptoms, but is not too ill:
- Ask them to put their bed linen and towels into a bag and leave their fresh bed linen outside their room for them to collect and put on the bed.
- Take the bag and put it somewhere safe for 72 hours, then deal with it normally.
- Wash your hands after handling anything that has come from the sick room, and disinfect any surfaces that have been touched along the way.
- For more details about laundry and scientific reviews, go to IFH
More tips to follow.