Here are few suggestions to ensure you do not transmit infections to your family
Things to do when:
You go to work:
✓ Consider shifting to scrubs.
✓ Wear short sleeves – less chance of your clothing picking up anything you don’t want to be taking home.
✓ Tie your hair up.
✓ Take as little as possible from home, especially if you need to bring it back.
✓ Use your non-dominant hands for doorknobs, bathrooms, transport.
Before you go home:
✓ Wash your hands.
✓ Clean or wipe down everything you are planning to take home – especially mobile phone.
✓ Take as little as possible home.
✓ Clean your spectacles incase you wear them.
✓ Leave your ID card (if possible), pens at work (change to a badge holder pinned to the front of your scrubs and leave the lanyard at home).
✓ Open doors with your foot or get someone else open the door for you.
✓ Use the staircase whenever possible. Avoid touching the handrails.
✓ If ringing the bell or using the elevator, use toothpicks.
✓ Leave your footwear outside the house.
✓ If you are touching a doorknob, make sure you wipe it off yourself after you enter.
✓ Go straight to the bathroom and take a nice hot shower with soap.
✓ Wash your hair if you have not covered it at work.
✓ Wash your clothes yourself and put it to Sun dry.
✓ Keep your clothes (that you need to change into) ready in the morning before you leave for work in the bathroom or in a bag easily accessible on the way to the bathroom.
✓ Clean the bathroom and all the surfaces you have touched before you leave the bathroom.
✓ Clean your spectacles after taking bath.
✓ Do not go home for lunch or in between the working day for any reason, as much as possible. Clock in, work, clock out and keep your family safe.
Source: Department of Neonatology, Christian Medical College, Vellore.