Keeping loved ones safe

As a Masked Hero working in communities where COVID-19 is spreading, you may have some very real concerns about how to protect your loved ones. It is important to recognise and address these concerns so that you are able to:

  • Protect your loved ones from contracting the virus.
  • Reduce the risk of bringing the virus home after every shift.
  • Take care of your mental and physical wellbeing. 

Below is a checklist to help you keep your loved ones safe:

Checklist to keep your family and loved ones safe at home:

  • If possible, change into clean clothes before going home. If not, have a bag available near the entrance to your home that you can put dirty clothes into.
  • Take off the shoes you wore to work before entering your home.
  • Clean your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based sanitiser before entering the house and after removing your dirty clothes, before touching clean clothes.
  • Wipe down your phone, handbag or any other objects you carried with you during the day. 
  • Bathe or shower with soap and water to remove any of the virus still on your body.
  • Wash dirty clothes as soon as possible using your usual laundry detergent.
  • Don’t share eating and drinking utensils and make sure these utensils are washed after every use.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that you and your family members touch often. These include things like door handles, basins, toilets, counter surfaces and tabletops.
  • Keep toothbrushes and other hygiene products separate from those belonging to other family members.
  • If unable to sleep separately, make sure you wash all bedding regularly with warm water. 
  • Monitor yourself and your family members’ health for any symptoms of COVID-19. If you have a fever or are not feeling well, please do not go to work.
  • Talk to your family openly about the corona virus and what you need to do to keep them safe. Encourage them to follow safe hygiene practices too, including washing hands regularly, maintaining social distancing and wearing a mask in public. 

Download this list on your phone.

Together, we can slow the spread of the virus, keep ourselves and our families safe!

Dear community care hero, I am in awe of how brave you are. Especially if you have children at home. To me the scariest thing about this epidemic is the possibility that I might leave my children behind without a mother. If you are facing this fear, but still putting yourself at risk for others, thank you for showing us what humanity can aspire to be. With thanks and love.