Sunday, March 29, 2020

How to Keep your Home Safe during Covid-19 Pandemic

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Now is the time to be "praning" or paranoid!  Even if we usually make our homes clean, it's good to practice everyday preventive actions to help reduce your risk from getting sick, and to remind everyone in your home to do the same.

Frequent and proper hand washing is one of the best steps you can take.  When you visit the outside world (yes, ganun na ngayon!) to buy food, groceries, and essential items, you always have to assume that every people  you have in contact with have the COVID-19 virus, and the virus can still cling to the surfaces you carry with you into your homes, like your shoes, slippers, clothes, car and even your phone.

After arriving home from a supermarket or palengke trip, the first thing we should do is to remove your shoes or slippers, then leave them in a designated area. After lingering in the air, droplets containing the virus still fall to the ground, where they can be picked up by your shoes or slippers.  The next step is to engage in extensive hand-washing.

CDC's  (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention) advice is to CLEAN AND DISINFECT frequently touched surfaces daily.  This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, remote controls, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.  To clean and disinfect can lower the risk of infection spread.

Remember to clean first, and then disinfect laterClean and remove dirt from surfaces. Use detergent or soap and water, or household cleaners prior to disinfection.  Wear gloves and make sure you have quality ventilation when you clean and disinfect.

Disinfecting refers to the use of chemicals to kill germs on surfaces.  For disinfecting high-touch, surfaces made of metal, glass, wood,  you can use alcohol solutions that contain at least 70% alcohol, or diluted household bleach solutions (The CDC recommends a bleach solution of 5 tablespoons of bleach per gallon of water). Follow manufacturer’s instructions (usually indicated on the labels)  for proper application and proper ventilation. Don't use expired products, and DON'T mix bleach with any other cleaners. Common household disinfectant brands like Lysol, Zonrox, Clorox, and Domex can be used.  Spray products like Lysol can also be effective to disinfect most surfaces. For other smaller surfaces like sink handles, you can also aim your disinfecting spray into a paper towel to wipe them down.

Wondering if you can use vinegar instead, as a disinfectant? Vinegar is frequently recommended as a household cleanser, and can be effective on some stains and surfaces.  However, it’s important to remember that while vinegar does work as a disinfectant to some degree, it is not as effective as bleach or commercial cleansers when it comes to killing germs. If you are going to use vinegar as a cleanser, it’s important to decide whether your ultimate goal is to clean, or to disinfect. If you want to disinfect,  you may wish to use a disinfectant spray or cleanser that has directions for killing germs, or a bleach and water solution. (source)

For other surfaces, like your couch, mattress, and carpet that can't be wiped down, you can use a disinfectant spray like Lysol, to go after unseen germs.  Recommendation is to spray in a sweeping motion to cover the entire surface, then let it completely dry before sitting down or walking on the surface.

If anyone in your household is at high risk of infection, take extra precautions. Wash your hands well before you interact with them. Don’t share personal items like towels, dishes, or glasses.

Think ahead about what to do if you or a family member gets sick. Choose a room in your house to be the sick room. If a family member gets sick, have only one person care for them. Have the sick
person wear a face mask.

The video below shows comprehensive tips on how to keep your home safe from the virus....

Please also check Safety TIPS on Food delivery & Takeout and Grocery Shopping.

#Stayhome and keep safe, everyone!

Healthwise, Inc.

1 comment:

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