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Cleaners Are Having to Fight for the Own Protection in the Fight Against Covid-19

Posted On: 29 Mar 2020   |   Posted By: Novara Media

Cleaners Are Having to Fight for the Own Protection in the Fight Against Covid-19

Who will save us from the Covid-19 pandemic? And is it the same workers who stand to lose most from it, as its social consequences unfold? As cleaning becomes only more essential, how have cleaners themselves been treated, asks Joe Hayns, and what dangers and opportunities does the crisis present for them?
We need to disinfect everything. Continuously. For months.
The more we do this, the fewer of us will die - in ICUs or ambulances, regular hospital wards or corridors or car parks. At home, with family or friends, or perhaps alone.
The government's current guidance is that “cleaning an area with normal household disinfectant after someone with suspected Covid-19 has left will reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.”
People are already cleaning. Teachers clean. Nurses clean. Cafés, shops and streets are cleaned every day, usually by regular workers.
There are also around 700,000 professional cleaners in Britain, plus 80,000 supervisors and managers - three-quarters of a million people...

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