COVID at Christmas: Keeping Your Christmas Bubble Safe
2020 has been a rough year for us all. With the rise of COVID-19 sweeping through our nation, it has been the subject everyone has been talking about.
Christmas is next week and the government have recently advised that between 23rd and 27th of December, three households in a “Christmas bubble” can mix indoors and stay overnight.
So, the question is how can you keep your home clean and free from Coronavirus during the festive period? In this article, we will briefly go through our steps for you to ensure a hygienic Christmas is achieved
Mixing with other households
The government is relaxing the rules around socialising to allow up to three separate households to meet up indoors for five days, from December 23 to 27.
Christmas bubbles will be able to spend time together in private homes, to attend places of worship, or meet in a public outdoor place.
These are the only settings in which rules will be relaxed, and anywhere else people should follow the rules for whichever tier they live under.
People have not been instructed to isolate ahead of forming their Christmas bubble, however, a virologist from the University of Edinburgh has said it could be “important to do so”.
1 . Cleaning Surfaces
At the beginning of the pandemic, everyone was urged to keep their surfaces clean and studies found that viruses can continue to live for days on various surfaces.
In the lead up to the big day, cleaning and sanitising should be done to a high standard and on a regular basis. Surfaces around the home can be a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses. With the average human hand coming into contact with over 300 surfaces every 30 minutes, exposing you to 840,000 germs.
A surface sanitiser is an ideal companion for any household. Sanitising surfaces ensures that almost all bacteria and viruses are removed. We would recommend a regular clean on the days running up to Christmas and if you can squeeze one in just before people arrive. You should then continue to sanitise surfaces after your bubble has left.
2. Hand Washing
Hand washing and sanitising have been proven to be one of the best ways to help prevent the cross-contamination of viruses including coronavirus. Stock up on soap and sanitiser so your Christmas bubble can stay clean.
Regular hand washing is a simple task that literally takes 20 seconds. You and your guests should be washing their hands as they enter your home, before, during, and after preparing food, before and after eating food, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing and after using the toilet.
Regular handwashing will help prevent bacteria and viruses transmitting to other surfaces throughout the day.
3. Face Masks
Love them or hate them face masks have become a very important part of our normal life. Face masks help by filtering the air we breathe and protecting ourselves and the people around us.
As the government has announced between 23 and 27 December, the three households in a “Christmas bubble” can mix indoors and stay overnight. Face masks and social distancing to the best you can could help prevent transmission of the virus.
4. Social Distancing
We are all familiar with the term social distancing. We social distance in every public space we are in. This practice should also be the same during the festive period with our Christmas bubble.
Christmas has always been a time of hugs and kisses, giving and receiving. However, this year you will need to consider who is visiting and to ensure you are at a safe distance. This means no hugging or kissing friends or family. By keeping a safe distance you will not only protect yourself but those around you and help prevent transmission of the virus. Of course, if someone is showing symptoms of the virus they should be self-isolating and not visiting loved ones.
Christmas Bubble Tick List
Dr Chris Van Tulleken, an infectious disease doctor at the University College London Hospital, laid out a number of ways you can ensure you stay as safe as possible in your Christmas bubble.
- Ensure rooms are well ventilated
- Reduce the amount of time spent indoors
- Wipe down surfaces and contact points frequently
- Wash your hands often
- Keep close contact down to a minimum – e.g. try not to hug people and stick to the two-meter rule
- Let steamy shower rooms ventilate before using them after someone else
- Wear masks when you can