Micro

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    Ted
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    Skoda Octavia Estate 4x4
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    2016
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  1. I think the key term is "fluid resistant" (the fluid resistant surgical masks are a papery material but assume they're coated in something). If the mask allows droplets to soak through then so will the virus, and has a possibility of coming into contact with your face. I see these "reusable washable" masks for sale everywhere, and just wonder how effective they actually are... Local shops here don't have the arrows, some queuing to get in, but once in a little free for all. As long as someone doesn't cough/sneeze in your direction within 2m or wipe their hand on you, you should be fine. I took to taking things from behind the front item just from the point of view it's probably been handled the least. I'd try paying contactless, and the cashiers are generally happy to stop at £30 and do a new transaction to allow contactless payments (£45 limit isn't available everywhere yet).
  2. Is it the original battery? If so, and it's no longer holding a charge for a reasonable length of time, i'd probably just go for a new one. You can always keep the old one for small projects/solar powered things around the garden or shed (Have an old leisure battery powering some lights in the shed, solar panel on the roof, works a charm!)
  3. If the voltage is that low then the battery is more than likely toast anyway! How old is it?
  4. They look a tad more robust than the single use ones we were issued! Still slightly miffed about the beard but hey ho! We are provided with eye protection, but i've got a funny shaped head and so they fall off when you bend over. £10 on Amazon and i've got a significantly better pair of safety glasses (exceeding the standard issue) and hopefully no more falling off the noggin.
  5. Fluid Resistant Surgical Masks (Type IIr) prevent droplets coming into contact with your mouth/nose (no filtering as such), and eye protection prevents contact with your eyes. Standard PPE for normal clinical procedures, assessment, etc, of anyone suspected of or confirmed to have the virus. It was initially treated as being airborne but has been downgraded to droplet transmission. For Aerosol generating procedures, where lots of very tiny droplets are likely to be formed and accelerated into the air surrounding a person, then full PPE including a full gown/coveralls, eye protection and FFP3 level protection needs to be worn. The reason various bodies are saying that day-to-day they don't need to be worn is probably 1 to protect the supply of them to those who need them for a job, and 2 because people would end up touching the outside of the mask when doffing it, or wear it round their neck or something daft like that. As long as you're not within 2m of an infected person then you'll be sound, especially outside where there is lots of fresh air to dilute it. Have they fit tested you guys for the FFP3's?
  6. Alcohol based hand sanitizers DO kill viruses, just not all of them (lipid envelope). The best method for hand decontamination if unable to wash your hands (your wipes are also likely effective) is alcohol based hand sanitizer at the present time - sanitizers containing just Benzalkonium Chloride or other non-alcohol chemicals may work for killing SARS-COV-2 but are thought to work more slowly and with less efficacy. Here's CDC, WHO and PHE guidance on the use of alcohol hand sanitizer to use in relation to SARS-COV-2: https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/331498/WHO-2019-nCoV-IPCPPE_use-2020.2-eng.pdf https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/874316/Infection_prevention_and_control_guidance_for_pandemic_coronavirus.pdf https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/infection-control/hcp-hand-hygiene-faq.html
  7. You've just described a perfect point about why you should not wear medical gloves out in public - cross contamination. Any fuel on that pump handle is now on your gloves, and that fuel will be transferred to a door handle, your wallet, the card machine, your wallet again, and possibly your keys. Now imagine that fuel is Coronavirus - you take off your gloves, sanitize your hands, but later on you'll handle your keys, or your wallet ungloved, and contaminate your hands. You'll then prepare food or touch your face and expose yourself to it. The correct sequence is to fill with fuel, remove gloves, sanitize hands, lock car, go into the petrol station (sanitize hands again if you have to touch a door), pay (then sanitize hands again), exit (sanitize hands again before handling keys). You've then reduced the risk of cross contamination (yes a tad ridiculous but hopefully that's quite descriptive). Alcohol hand sanitizer with a concentration of alcohol content above 60% kills Covid-19 as it has a lipid envelope. Alcohol hand gel doesn't kill viruses such as Norovirus as they don't have a lipid envelope. CDC (yes I know US) guidance states that non-alcohol based sanitizer may not actually kill Covid-19 as fast, or as effectively as alcohol based sanitizers. Careful using the medical grade wipes on your hands if at all possible - certain wipes (although stating on packaging are safe to use on hands) can cause contact dermatitis and various other temporary skin conditions if regularly used. Use the end of my pen at work to press buttons where you don't know who else has touched (if not wearing gloves anyway), then sanitize later. Food for thought - why are there so many cases of dementia now? Is it just because more people are getting it? More people reaching old age? Or maybe more people are being diagnosed, whereas 20 years ago it'd have been "Ethel down the road is just old". The same applies to Autism - more awareness leads to more diagnoses. It's classed as a developmental disorder, but actual causes are still unknown. The "spray coatings" on Apples and other fruits is a mix of food grade waxes and potatoes don't get covered with anything as they still sprout and some are still mucky from the field. Strawberries being irradiated? You stated the reason they have a longer shelf life - they're picked before they're ripe and either ripened before packaging or left to ripen themselves. Youtube Bananas being ripened. Hopefully you don't have to count to ten too often, but remembering this for when I need it. Virtual high five fellow front line bod! A fantastic video showing how quickly contamination can spread
  8. I always use a glove when filling my car - Diesel stinks. You have to be aware that even wearing gloves - you can still cross contaminate anything else. Guy earlier walking around the supermarket wearing gloves, touching the basket, touching his food items, touching the card terminal and his wallet. Gloves are great at stopping contamination of your hands, but aren't a magic bullet, you still need to wash / sanitize your hands.
  9. Aren't these clips just to prevent it casually falling out (as in theory, the driveshaft is held in place by the wheel/hub)? They can be levered/pulled out when all disconnected.
  10. I've always wanted one of those trays! Unfortunately there's no let up for some of us - I still have to go to work and treat ill/sick people - but am seriously considering leaving all my uniform at work and changing before/after shift, whereas previously i'd only change at work if it was contaminated.
  11. Only if Ford are informed of the change (I.e Ford main dealer selling the car or contact with CS). Mine was only changed from its old Jersey reg when I tried to warranty claim my tailgate paintwork.
  12. You'll need to trace some of the car circuits and find where it splices into and interrupts the various circuits (maybe just the starter if it doesn't turn over without pressing the button). I'd check the engine bay and also around the gem (pass footwell) for any extra wiring and extra boxes .
  13. £7 for the key, £15 for it to be cut at a local key cutting shop, and programmed to the immobiliser for free with Forscan.
  14. I missed that bit! 😂 Who owns a car and feels it's ever a financially sensible choice anyway?
  15. Sold my 2010 101,000 mile Focus 1.6 for £1700 last year, that's with the typical boot paint rubbing and a small amount of touched up stone chips on the rear arches. Paid £6900~ originally at 4 years old / 30000~ miles to give a rough estimate. £5k sounds a lot for a car of that age to me.