Coronavirus disease is a newly found viral infection that had its first outbreak in Wuhan, China. This virus transmits via direct contacts with respiratory droplets of an infected person. Based on Worldometer, August 2020, there are about 18 million confirmed infected worldwide. Where, 11 million of these had recovered, and approximately 700,000 were dead. This virus brought the 213 countries and territories around the globe economically stagnant. Thus, cleaning will always be the first and last resort of people across the globe to prevent catching the virus. However, going out to buy essential needs will potentially expose you to the virus. Therefore, to keep your home free from the virus, you need to know some safety tips.
Stated below are few of the tips you need to know to keep your home free from coronavirus:
1. Keep 3-meter distance.
Implementing social distancing is necessary to avoid catching respiratory droplets from someone unknowingly infected. Handshakes to your friends you have meet at the grocery store is highly discouraged.
2. Use tissue paper when coughing or sneezing.
Cloth or handkerchief is not advisable to use when coughing or sneezing during this global issue because the virus can stay on the cloth for a long time. Use tissue paper to cover your nose and mouth instead and throw it right away.
3. Wash your hands with soap and water regularly.
Regularly washing your hands will help rinse out the germs, bacteria and viruses. 20-30 seconds should be the time duration to wash your hands with soap and water. Using hand sanitizer is also best however; it should contain 70 percent alcohol.
4. Remove your shoes or slippers outside.
As you shop for essential needs you can step into surfaces, which people could have sneeze, cough and spit.
5. Remove unnecessary packaging.
You should throw packaging from the items you buy like plastic bags. Otherwise, have it cleaned and disinfected when it is recyclable.
6. Wipe cans with disinfectants.
Virus can stay into tin cans or canned goods for several hours. It is advisable to disinfect the packaging of canned goods bought in the grocery stores.
7. Wash fruits and Vegetables.
People touch goodies, which you bought from markets or grocery stores. Hence, it is extremely necessary to have it wash with running water thoroughly.
8. Clean first before disinfection.
Cleaning will come first before disinfection. Hence, house cleaning will reduce the number of germs dirt, bacteria and viruses on the surfaces. Right after cleaning, you need to disinfect the surfaces totally to kill lethal pathogens.
9. Use S-shape patterns.
Wiping pattern will help to prevent recontamination and ensures that all surfaces are fully covered or wiped.
10. Clean common touchpoints.
The virus can transfer to hand-to-face-to-things. Therefore, regularly clean frequently touched items or surfaces like tables, phones, doorknobs, wallets, keys, faucets and other unmentioned things.
11. Use only recommended disinfectants.
Following the recommended chemicals and disinfectants. Thus, use enough amount of disinfectants. By doing so, it ensures safe and effective use of products.
12. Wear disposable gloves, masks, and eye protection.
Disinfection chemicals might contain strong substances that can cause skin irritation. Therefore, wear gloves, masks, and eye protection. Thus, it prevents potentially hazardous chemicals to have direct contact from you and it ensures safety as well.
13. Proper ventilation is necessary.
Maintaining a proper ventilation at home when using disinfectants is necessary to avoid inhaling the odor of chemicals. Thus, inhaling such chemicals would lead you to further health complications.
14. Disinfectants and chemicals should be keep at higher places.
Children are wanderers in nature and very curios in so many things. Hence, everything that they see is a subject for them to reach. Thus, children do not know anything about disinfectants and this is dangerous. Therefore, it is safe to have its place in higher areas away from children’s reach.
15. Separate sick household members.
Direct contact with this member who are feeling ill is something you need to avoid. Separate them a room where they can quarantine for 14 days. Regularly check their condition by asking them and take enough vitamins to gain strong immunity.
Everyone can be a potential target to viral infection of COVID-19. Older people are at high risk of infection because their immune systems are slowly declining. Citizens who already have health complications records is at high risk. Those households who have members that belong to high risk of COVID-19 should be extra vigilant and strict to refrain from contracting the virus. Having strong immunity and being physically fit and healthy will not assure everyone to be uninfected. That being said, cleaning must be of top priority these days.