You know to wash your hands and cover your mouth when you cough but there might be other hygiene concerns you haven’t considered when it comes to stopping the spread of coronavirus.
Cosmetics brand MAC is worried about spreading germs through samples and demonstrations, so yesterday, they introduced a strict ‘no touch’ policy at all stores in the UK.
Makeup artists who work on the brand’s counters have been told to leave their brushes in their lockers for now and they will not be able to show any customers what makeup will look like on their face.
Disposable applicators will be provided for customers to try things themselves but these must be thrown away immediately after use.
All appointments for customers to have makeup applied have also been cancelled.
A letter to UK staff, shared by the account Estee Laundry, said: ‘As of today (Tuesday 10 March) the brand has issued a ‘No Touch Environment’ across all MAC locations.
‘This means the following:
‘No artists are to use brushes or wear a brush belt – keep your brushes in your lockers until further notice.
‘No artists are to touch or apply makeup on a customer.
What is the coronavirus and where did it start?
Coronaviruses are a family of diseases which include the common cold and the virus which caused Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which originated in China in 2002 and killed nearly 800 people around the world.
The virus causing concern now is a new strain which has made the jump from animals to people, named Covid-19.
It causes fever and a cough and can make it hard for people to breathe, causing viral pneumonia in severe cases.
Over 2,700 people worldwide have now died after contracting the illness.
The virus is more likely to progress into a severe illness or prove fatal among older patients or those with weakened immune systems.
As it is a viral illness, antibiotics will not help and there is no known cure or vaccine.
To avoid the illness, take usual hygiene precautions, such as using a tissue to cover coughs and sneezes, and making sure to wash your hands.
Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth after touching things like poles on public transport and avoid close contact with people suffering an acute respiratory infection.
You should also avoid unprotected contact with wild or farm animals.
So far, 13 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the UK.
Hundreds have been tested for it here, with most of the tests coming back negative.
The virus originated in the city of Wuhan in China, where it is believed to have made the jump from animals to people at a seafood market.
Wuhan is the capital of China’s Hubei province, a landlocked province in central China.
It is built along the Yangtze river, and is around 500 miles west of Shanghai and 690 miles north of Hong Kong.
It is the largest and most populous city in central China, although estimates over its population vary.
‘You can only use disposable applicators and these must be used by the customer only – this means the customer has to use these to apply the makeup. We can only advise.
‘Artists cannot use disposable applicators to demonstrate on the customer – the customer has to apply themselves.’
Artists will be provided with face charts but again, only disposable applicators can be used, and they are banned from demonstrating on themselves or each other during trading hours.