Waving your children off to University is never easy, and for parents with children about to start their first year or return to university, the coronavirus pandemic has created a completely new set of worries. So, what steps can you take to try and keep your children safer while they’re away from home?
Academics’ union UCU expressed concern that more than a million students moving around the country was “a recipe for disaster”, especially as infection rates among 18- to 21-year-olds people are increasing rapidly*
With many universities encouraging all staff and students to work remotely wherever possible, it is acknowledged that restricting student interaction is very complicated and that inevitably students will mix, either on campus or in their accommodation.
However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t actions we can take to reduce the risk of bacteria and viruses spreading. According to the World Health Organisation***, the main contagion factors in the current global crisis are the following two:
- Direct contact with the infected person – this is being overcome by guidelines about social distancing, face mask usage, self-isolating and shielding
- Surface contamination by an infected person – everything we come into contact with is a potential infection “touchpoint”, be that desks, computers, gadgets, kitchens or bathrooms.
Wearing masks and maintaining a social distance have become part of our daily lives and recent guidance from the government means that these measures are now mandatory in many social settings. However, with new government regulations now forcing pubs to close at 10pm, there is a fear that many students will turn to socialising within their university accommodation instead.
So how can you combat the surface contamination in shared accommodation, when a house-proud student is often an oxymoron! Well that’s an area where we can help, with our innovative new product Liquid Guard®. Its surface coating uses the latest virus and germ-killing technology, that is so effective it kills 99.9% of viruses and pathogens instantly on contact. A single application eliminates the need for continued disinfection and will last for a year. Surely disinfecting once a year is something even a time constrained student can do?
Easy to apply to solid and textile surfaces, Liquid Guard® forms a protective layer that lasts for 12 months and can be used on frequently touched areas such as mobile phones, tablets, remote controls, games consoles, sofas, kitchen worktops, light switches, door handles and bathroom furniture. It is the most effective, long-lasting self-disinfecting surface coating available today.
With the Department of Education’s guidelines** requiring students with coronavirus symptoms to “self-isolate in their current accommodation” along with all other residents in the same household, it makes it even more important to do all you can to safeguard them. Liquid Guard® can give you that peace of mind of providing a safer environment for your child, especially when you’re not there to oversee their cleaning!
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*** World Health Organisation – https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-how-is-covid-19-transmitted