Coronavirus has now infected 87 people in the UK: 80 in England, three in Scotland, one in Wales and one in Northern Ireland. Almost all of the new patients had recently travelled to affected countries or been infected by others who had done so according to the UK’s chief medical officer. Express.co.uk has compiled advice to show which objects to sanitise to avoid spreading the deadly disease.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that banknotes may transmit the disease.
A WHO spokesman told the Telegraph: “We know that money changes hands frequently and can pick up all sorts of bacteria and viruses.
“We would advise people to wash their hands after handling banknotes, and avoid touching their face.” The spokesman also advises using contactless payment options wherever possible, to minimise the risk.
Dr Christine Tait-Burkard told the Guardian: “Unless someone is using a banknote to sneeze in.
“Coins are actually very bad environments for viruses to survive.”
You cannot avoid touching door handles and in public spaces many people will do the same thing.
Experts advise you to wash your hands frequently after touching door handles and be mindful of when and where you touch the handle.
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Research has found mobile phones can be 10 times dirtier than toilet seats.
Your own hands can be the biggest culprit when it comes to adding germs and bacteria onto your phone.
Assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Emily Martin, said mobile telephones are particularly dirty because people do not necessarily wash their hands before touching them.
She told Time.com: “Because people are always carrying their cell phones even in situations where they would normally wash their hands before doing anything, cell phones do tend to get pretty gross.”
ATMs or ticket machines
Ticket machines and ATMs will be touched by many people which means it poses a risk to spreading coronavirus.
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Your mobile phone can pose a risk, but additionally so can shared office telephones.
Coffee machines or kettles will be handled by multiple people, so it’s a good idea to use hand sanitiser after doing the tea round.
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Lift buttons can be touched by potentially hundreds or thousands of people depending on how many people use the lift regularly.
This means it can pose a threat to spreading coronavirus.
Escalators, tube handrails, bannisters will all be touched constantly, potentially by thousands of people a day.
Dr Tait-Burkard told the Guardian: “If you’re on public transport, there’s no way not to touch the handrails.
“So when you get off, disinfect your hands.”
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Communal bathrooms can pose a threat as they are enclosed spaces which will be accessed by several people.
The door handles, soap dispensers, hand dryers, bins and other objects could be touched by many people.
Additionally, people often blow their noses in the bathroom which can help spread the virus.
Hospitals can be hotbeds for disease, so it is advisable to wash your hands thoroughly before and after visiting a hospital.
Professor Haas told the Guardian: “Shaking hands is a frequent transmission route for disease in hospitals.
“It’s why health personnel are supposed to regularly disinfect their hands.”
Aeroplanes are visited by many people who may choose to touch several objects including seats, trays, bathrooms, entertainment panel and reading material.
These objects can, therefore, be a risk, particularly given that previous passengers may have travelled from countries where the spread of the deadly virus is more prolific.
A GP surgery
A GP surgery can be a huge risk for spreading coronavirus as many people who are experiencing the symptoms of coronavirus may have chosen to visit their GP.
Several GPs have been shut down in recent weeks since coronavirus hit the UK.
Public health advice suggests calling NHS 111, rather than go to your GP if you have concerns about coronavirus.
All GP surgeries usually provide free hand sanitiser, so it is best to take advantage of what is on offer and apply it liberally.