Keeping yourself safe from COVID-19: Exactly how hygienic are you at work?


Keeping yourself safe from COVID-19: Exactly how hygienic are you at work?

David McBride

David McBride

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Remember not to wipe away sweat when wearing a face mask

Occupational health expert David McBride discusses the hazards of COVID-19 for healthcare workers and the roles of personal protective equipment and hand hygiene in managing this risk

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