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Toyin Saraki, Graham, others launch campaign to halt COVID-19

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Toyin Saraki demonstrated hand washing at the launch of the #SafeSurfaceScience Challenge

Founder, Wellbeing Foundation Africa, Toyin Saraki has launched an initiative,  #SafeSurfaceScience Challenge with Professor of Obstetrics and Epidemiology, Wendy Graham and a team of scientists at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. 
 
The launch planned to coincide with World Water Day, comes as part of an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and focused on the importance of cleaning surfaces, including mobile phones, in addition to cleaning hands. 
   
Speaking on the initiative, Graham said: “Many germs are spread by our hands. We have known this for centuries. We have also known that surfaces which are touched by many people, like door handles, taps or taxi seats, can also harbour germs, sometimes for days. In the fight against coronavirus, we must put this knowledge to good use and take action; keep hands and surfaces clean and safe. And if we do this for our families and community, we will also reduce the spread of other germs which make us sick.”
 
Also, speaking Saraki said: “We know that washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds following the method shown by the World Health Organisation, is the way to keep hands safe. And this must be done frequently. When in public places, try to avoid touching surfaces as much as possible, and if you have to touch, use moist wipes or hand gel afterwards, and wash your hands properly when you get home. And while you are out, make sure that you don’t touch your nose, your mouth or your eyes, because that’s how the virus finds a way into your respiratory system.
 
“Keep surfaces in your home clean, too. You can do this with frequent wiping down with clean water and soap or detergent. And just as there is a right way to wash hands, so there is a way to wipe surfaces as well, use a clean cloth and wipe in one direction once, applying pressure to shift the germs, and then rinse the cloth in a separate bucket with disinfectant. Think of all those things you touch frequently in your daily life for which you have a responsibility and practice One Wipe, One Site, One Direction, including your mobile phone.
 
“Join the #SafeSurfaceScience Challenge and post your challenge videos on social media. Together we can improved hygiene and help to beat COVID-19.”


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