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COVID-19 Educational Materials

MASK INFORMATION

1) Materials for homemade masks can be found here. 2) Protective masks can be effectively disinfected at home, study finds. See the article here. 3) The correct fit of your face mask: Cloth face coverings need to fit correctly to be effective. They should:

  • comprise of several layers of material

  • be secured with ties or ear loops

  • fit against the face without gaps

  • not hinder breathing

  • be easy to clean and dry without damage to the fabric

According to the CDC, cloth face coverings are not suitable for:

  • children under 2 years of age

  • individuals with breathing difficulties

  • people who are unconscious or incapacitated

  • those who are unable to remove the mask by themselves

Individuals should clean their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water before putting on a cloth face covering. If soap and water are unavailable, they can use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol. People should avoid touching the covering while wearing it. If a person touches the cloth face covering, they should wash their hands or use hand sanitizer. To read more: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com 4) Dear Friends! Please learn from the videos below. There is some controversy in the first two videos, so to be clear, follow these statements: - Be sure to wear a mask in environments where it is difficult or impossible to maintain proper distance from others. This includes both outdoors and indoors, but they should especially be worn inside buildings (i.e. grocery stores, offices, pharmacies). - Be sure to NEVER reuse your mask unless it is properly disinfected or it has been quarantined for seven days. - Be sure to keep used masks in paper bags and envelopes, not plastic bags. This allows the unnecessary moisture in the masks to properly evaporate. 5) Dear Friends! Please see these printable posters for more information on how to properly handle and wear your masks! Consider these two important points: - If you properly clean or quarantine your mask in a paper (not plastic!) bag for seven days, it can be reused. - A recent German study found that wearing masks reduces the spreading of COVID-19 by 40%. Before, it was thought that wearing masks only reduced spreading by about 25%.





Warning: Please do not wear your mask (both medical and non-medical) more than once without taking the time to properly clean it, or to quarantine it in a paper bag for seven days. Once this has been done, the mask can be worn again!




HAND WASHING AND SANITIZING

1) Here you can find the WHO approved recipes of homemade sanitizers. 2) Dear Friends, please see the following video to plainly see how to thoroughly wash your hands!



GENERAL SAFETY/KNOWLEDGE

1) You can find the risks we face today and how to safely encounter them here. 2) See a live map of the progress toward a COVID-19 vaccine from the COVID-19 Vaccine Knowledge Base here.

HOW LONG DOES THE CORONAVIRUS LIVE ON SURFACES?

Metal Examples: doorknobs, jewelry, silverware 5 days

Wood Examples: furniture, decking 4 days Plastics Examples: milk containers and detergent bottles, subway and bus seats, backpacks, elevator buttons 2 to 3 days

Stainless steel Examples: refrigerators, pots and pans, sinks, some water bottles 2 to 3 days

Cardboard Examples: shipping boxes 24 hours

Copper Examples: pennies, teakettles, cookware 4 hours

Aluminum Examples: soda cans, tinfoil, water bottles 2 to 8 hours

Glass Examples: drinking glasses, measuring cups, mirrors, windows Up to 5 days

Ceramics Examples: dishes, pottery, mugs 5 days

Paper Examples: mail, newspaper The length of time varies. Some strains of coronavirus live for only a few minutes on paper, while others live for up to 5 days.

Food Examples: takeout, produce Coronavirus doesn't seem to spread through food.

Water Coronavirus hasn't been found in drinking water. If it does get into the water supply, your local water treatment plant filters and disinfects the water, which should kill any germs.

Fabrics Examples: clothes, linens There’s not much research about how long the virus lives on fabric, but it’s probably not as long as on hard surfaces.

Shoes One study tested the shoe soles of medical staff in a Chinese hospital intensive care unit (ICU) and found that half were positive for nucleic acids from the virus. But it’s not clear whether these pieces of the virus cause infection. The hospital’s general ward, which had people with milder cases, was less contaminated than the ICU.

Skin and hair There’s no research yet on exactly how long the virus can live on your skin or hair. Rhinoviruses, which cause colds, survive for hours. That’s why it’s important to wash or disinfect your hands, which are most likely to come into contact with contaminated surfaces.

Source: https://www.webmd.com/lung/how-long-covid-19-lives-on-surfaces