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Safety

In order to orientate the Kindness Around volunteers, here are some safety and hygiene measures suggested by health authorities to avoid the risks of contamination:

For those helping

It is extremely important that there is absolutely no form of physical contact with the people you help. These people are most likely to be a part of the riskier group and it is mandatory that you have extra care.

  • Wash your hands with water and soap before you leave your house;
  • In case you are to purchase an item, use hand sanitizer before you deliver the item at the destination;
  • Avoid at all costs to touch handrails, door knobs, doors and gates or any sort of public furniture;
  • Do not make any physical contact when greeting others;
  • Leave your delivery item at least one meter away (3ft) from the person receiving it;
  • Cover your nose and mouth completely if you are to cough or sneeze;
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth while holding the items to be delivered.

We do not recommend that people with respiratory issues volunteer for this.

For those receiving help

Whenever you are receiving a delivery at home, we suggest you take every precaution needed to not bring the virus inside. Therefore, we ask you to follow our hygiene recommendations:

  • Thoroughly wash your hands with water and soap before handling the delivery;
  • Keep yourself at least 1 meter (3ft) away from the person who is making the delivery;
  • After you pick up the delivery, wash your hands with water and soup again;
  • Make sure you sanitize any package you decide to store;
  • Do not make any physical contact when greeting others
  • Cover your nose and mouth completely if you are to cough or sneeze.

Mask usage

According to the WHO(World Health Organization), the use of masks might be a preventive action that limits the propagation of respiratory diseases, if properly used. However, it is mandatory to follow the hygiene instructions even while using a mask.

The use of masks is indicated only for health professionals, people with symptoms (one must seek medical care immediately if experiencing fever, cough, and breathing problems), parents or caretakers of individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 while at their presence.

it is important to stress that using masks when it is not appropriate may cause unnecessary costs and create a false feeling of safety that may lead to neglect of other hygiene practices, such as hand sanitation. Furthermore, the inappropriate use of the mask may decrease its efficiency to avoid transmission.

For the correct use of masks:

  • Carefully place the mask on your face covering your mouth and nose, then tie it safely to minimize gaps between your face and the mask;
  • avoid contact with the mask while you are using it;
  • remove the mask from the back, do not touch the front side;
  • after removing it or if you inadvertently touch an used mask, sanitize your hands with alcohol, water and soap;
  • do not reuse disposable masks, make sure you safely dispose them;
  • if your mask gets wet or humid, make sure your replace it with a dry and clean one;
  • cloth masks are not recommended under any circumstance.