The Coronavirus crisis has created havoc all over the world and you have many questions to trouble you. Are you safe from the COVID-19 virus at home?asks Robert Trosten. Can I catch the infection from food, unclean areas, laundry? These days, you will also find loads of misinformation about the novel Coronavirus that puts all in danger, not to mention the added stress.
According to an article published in Forbes, a schedule is also essential during quarantine or self-isolation. Building consistent schedules will help you stay productive and emotionally healthy.
Coming back to cleaning and hygiene, you need to know that the deadly Coronavirus stays on surfaces for a couple of hours and even up to many hours. Therefore, here are some hygiene tips to keep your home virus-free:
Robert Trosten recommends thorough hand washing
Washing your hands with soap and water for about 20-30 seconds is the best you can do amid the pandemic. Keep your hands washed after you cough, sneeze, blow your nose, or after using washrooms. You also need to maintain hand hygiene after returning home if you ventured out for work or for any other reasons. Keep your hands clean before and after meals, using makeup on your face, or using contact lenses. Besides soap and water, you can also use alcohol-based hand sanitizers containing at least 70 percent of alcohol or more, the better.
Make sure you cover all parts of the when using a hand sanitizer and rub it for 20-30 seconds until your hands feel dry.
Keep your house clean
Clean and sanitize the high-touch areas or surfaces in your house, cites Robert Trosten. It is an essential precautionary measure to minimize the risks of contamination. Make sure you read the cleaning product guidelines for safe, effective use. You need to maintain safety steps while using cleaners like wearing hand gloves and ensuring ventilation in the house.
Sanitize surfaces like tables, doorknobs and handles, handrails, chars, bathrooms, toilets, taps, light switches, kitchen surfaces, smartphones, laptops, iPads, game controllers, remotes, and kid’s toys.
When a surface is dirty, first clean using soap and water, and next, use a disinfectant with an alcohol content of at least 70 percent or more. Do not use vinegar or natural cleaners, as they are not that effective in cleaning surfaces to make them virus-free. You can use diluted bleach solutions to clean certain surfaces.
Keep your clothes clean
Though it is not so clear, whether the Coronavirus can survive on clothing, fabric with metal or plastic components require cleaning. The virus may stay on these elements for a couple of hours to many days.
Use safety measures and common sense when cleaning your clothes. For example, if you were out, clean your clothes immediately with detergent and water in a washing machine. Change into new clothes when you return home. Make sure you remove your shoes and keep them outside the rooms. Do not wear dirty clothes and innerwear. Clean them daily to stay safe and hygienic amid the pandemic.
Now that you have these tips in front of you, implement them to keep your home clean and sanitized to reduce the spread of the virus in your house.