Hygiene in the community

Hygiene in the community

With the current world virus events it is worthwhile discussing hygiene in the community this month. There are a myriad of actions we can all easily undertake to minimise catching and/or passing on infections of all types.

There are simple things that we can each do to minimise transfer of viruses and bacteria from one person to another. These simple yet effective acts minimise risk to us all.

Wash your hands frequently

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills germs that may be on your hands.

Use provided hand gels

  • When you are out and about, use the provided hand gels in the community. These gels are designed to kill germs on your hands after touching the environment. If they are provided at counters or near elevators, use them.

Food and Drinks

  • Wash your cup, mug, plates etc immediately after use, dry them thoroughly and keep in an enclosed cupboard. If you work where cups etc are shared, considering bringing your own cup and keep it for your personal use.

Maintain social distancing

  • Maintain at least 1.5 metres distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose and mouth which may contain germs. If you are too close, you will breathe in the droplets and could get sick.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

  • Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the germs to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the germs can enter your body and can make you sick.


  • Rather than shake hands with someone, pat them on the back, elbow bump, feet bump,  or wave hello as a form of greeting. This lessens skin to skin contact with others and reduces the risk of transferring germs.

Practice respiratory hygiene

  • Make sure you and the people around you follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of the used tissue immediately into a bin with a lid.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Stay home if you feel unwell.

National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on how to best manage your condition. Seek medical care from your health care provider so they can quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will aid in you receiving the right care quickly and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.

Under current circumstances associated with reducing the spread of corona viruses If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention by contacting your doctor in advance. In Tasmania the first point of contact is to phone your doctor or Public Health Hotline – Tasmania 1800 671 738. Do not just go to your doctor, remain at home until you have spoken to your doctor or the public health hotline.

If you are in need of a dentist and are concerned that you may have corona viruses, please speak to your GP or the public health hotline first and be guided by their professional advice. Salamanca Dental is here to help, however we will ask you to re-appoint until your doctor clears you as healthy and fit for community activity.

Please call Salamanca Dental on (03) 62888070, contact us here, or book online using the button at the top of this page.

We look forward to seeing you soon and remember to… smile like you mean it!




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