Coronavirus Pandemic: Home Cleaning And Disinfecting Tips To Avoid COVID-19
The coronavirus pandemic has taken over daily lives around the world. Its effect is totally destructive as it already shattered the world economy and more importantly the health sector.
Scientists noted that the COVID-19 virus can live on surfaces for days that make it harder to contain or totally eliminate. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends cleaning and disinfecting commonly touched surfaces as often as possible.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
Clean common or high touch surfaces with soap and water. Make it a routine to thoroughly clean them. The high touch surfaces at home include tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, faucets, etc.
In disinfecting, diluted household bleach solutions may be used if appropriate for the surface. To make a bleach solution, mix 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water or 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water. Alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol may also be used.
For electronics items and gadgets, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and disinfecting. If there’s no specific guidance, alcohol-based wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol can be used. Make sure to dry surface thoroughly.
Also, aside from these home cleaning and disinfecting tips, it’s strongly advised that we wash and clean our hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
If you live in an apartment complex with so many common areas, such as a laundry room, elevators, and stairwells, following the six feet distance rule can be difficult. To lessen the contact in these areas, here are some tips that you might find useful.
If you’re about to pass someone in the lobby, hallway, or staircase, let that person pass first before you continue walking. If you need to back up to create more space or distance, do so!
Always wear your facemask, disposable gloves, and other protective equipment. Cover yourself from head to toe as much as possible.
If your apartment manager or landlord created a schedule on who can use a certain area on a certain date, make sure to follow it diligently. This kind of rule can help in eliminating the gathering of large crowds in a single space which makes social distancing very effective.