As Covid-19 cases in the Trinidad escalate, there’s one consumer product critical to our great national battle to “flatten the curve,” or slow the pandemic: soap.
PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 As Covid-19 cases in the Trinidad escalate, there’s one consumer product critical to our great national battle to “flatten the curve”, or slow the pandemic: soap. Humble, ancient, cheap, effective soap. Respiratory viruses — like the novel coronavirus, the flu, and the common cold — can be spread via our hands. If someone is sick, a hand can touch some mucus and viral particles will stick to the hand. If someone is well, hands act like sticky traps for viruses. We can pick up droplets that contain the virus, and they’ll stay on our hands, and perhaps enter our bodies if we touch our hands to our faces. That’s why our hands are the front lines in the war against Covid-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends washing hands with soap and water as the top way to clean our hands. “But if soap and water are not available, using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can help,” the CDC says.