Covid-19

These are the Mark Master Masons resources for how to do care safely – you can read about the logic and assumptions behind them, the overriding policy that flows from that. This policy, and our knowledge and experience gives the basis for protocols for dropping off and picking up items from houses in self isolation, disinfecting things…

Principles and assumptions for doing support work in the Covid-19 pandemic:

  1. Anyone could be infected with the virus, and could be spreading it asymptomatically. Further, anyone could be already infected with other illnesses or have underlying chronic health conditions that could worsen outcomes or cause further problems.
  2. The aim of rescue4mmm should be to prevent as many infections happening as possible, and where this isn’t possible, reduce the number of cases that need an ICU.
  3. The primary way to do this is to reduce the exposure of people at high risk of developing severe or critical illness as a result of the virus.
  4. Fast and general testing for the virus is not thoroughly available in the United Kingdom at time of writing.
  5. The virus is transmitted via cough droplets during in-person contact and on contaminated surfaces. At the time of writing, there is no evidence to suggest it is spread via sweat (Dr Tara Smith, Epidemiologist, Kent State University).
  6. Public transport is a common location of virus spread.
  7. A solution of 1:9 home bleach to cold water can be used for disinfecting surfaces that are clean of visible dirt or contaminants, if left on a surface for more than ten minutes (WHO Guidelines).
  8. Washing hands thoroughly with soap or with alcohol based hand sanitiser is effective at removing the virus, and preventing it being passed onto things touched by those hands, until they touch an infected surface (including someone’s face, because of proximity to mouth and nose, and other bodily fluids).
  9. It is essential that people feel able to, and are able to, reach out to community support organisations, to ensure they have options other than leaving the house and spreading or being infected by the virus. This means they need to feel those organisations can be trusted with their data, and as such it is vital to prevent data from being used for any purpose apart from than providing support.

Please visit Rescue 4 Freemasons Protocol pages below

  1. Clean and disinfect each item you’re going to deliver, and place them all in a plastic bag which has been disinfected inside and out (or a new bag). See Disinfection protocol for how to disinfect each item.
  2. Place the bag in another bag which you have disinfected the inside of, or which is new. This is to protect your disinfected stuff in the inner bag, so someone immune compromised can touch it. Close the top as much as you can.
  3. Travel to see the person, in a way which minimises your risk of exposure to the virus.
    • If possible, travel by pavement, a private car in which you’ve wiped down all the surfaces you’ll touch with bleach solution, or a taxi.
    • If you must use public transport, try not to touch spaces with your hands, use hand sanitiser after travelling if available, or wear gloves which you can change.
    • If wearing gloves while travelling, remove these without touching the exterior with your bare skin. (illustrated techniquevideo technique)
  4. As you approach the person’s house, call/text/etc them to open the door.
    • Do this before you put on (fresh) gloves, so that you don’t risk contaminating the gloves with any virus that may be on your phone.
    • If they live in a block of flats or other building with a communal entrance accessed by a buzzer, call/text and ask them to buzz you in, rather than pressing the button.
  5. Put on (fresh) gloves, ensuring that you touch only the cuff of the glove with your bare hand. (illustrated technique) This minimises the risk of transmitting viruses to the exterior of your gloved hands.
    • If you have hand sanitiser, use it before putting on the gloves, to further reduce this risk.
  6. If there are plenty of masks available in your area, you should wear a mask for this; if not, prioritise masks for healthcare workers and people who must enter houses to assist with personal care.
    • If you do have a mask, put it on before putting on your gloves, to minimise the risk of transferring virus from your face to your gloved hands. (ECDC)
  7. Ask the recipient to back away from the door at least two meters, and put your bag on the floor immediately inside the doorway. Do not step through the door.
  8. Fold down the outer bag so they don’t have to touch it. Don’t touch the inner bag.
  9. Back away two meters, and let them get the items by picking up the inner bag and lifting it out of the outer bag remaining at a distance of two meters. (Feel free to shout greetings! But don’t hug/hand off items in person/etc.)
  10. When they have backed off, take the outer bag away with you – it’s potentially covered in viruses on the outside.
  11. Take your gloves off, without touching the exterior of the glove with your bare skin. (illustrated techniquevideo technique). This protects you from virus transmission if delivering to an already-infected recipient.
    • If you are wearing a mask, remove gloves first and if possible put on fresh ones, then remove mask by hooking fingers under the straps at the back. Finally, remove fresh gloves if used. (ECDC)
  12. Wash your hands with hand sanitiser for more than 20 seconds if possible. Leave.
  13. When you get back, wash your hands and disinfect items you have used 
  1. If someone is self-isolating because they have been exposed to infection, or if it is confirmed that they are infected, the same procedures apply if it is necessary to collect cash or other items from the house. Items must only be removed from a potentially-infected house if there is no alternative.
  2. The self-isolating person should clean and disinfect each item, while wearing gloves, according to the Disinfection protocol. Remember that the majority of bank notes are now plastic and can be washed.
  3. Place clean items in a new plastic bag, or a bag which has been disinfected inside and out, then place this bag inside another bag.
  4. When the person collecting arrives, the self-isolating person should place the double-bagged items on the floor, fold the outer bag down, and back away two metres.
  5. The person collecting should put on gloves and pick up the inner bag without touching the outer bag.
  6. After leaving, the person collecting should remove gloves without touching the exterior. (illustrated techniquevideo techniqueand wash their hands as soon as possible.
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