10 things to keep in mind to keep your home free from the coronavirus (and other viruses)
Written by Alshane Brown
It’s a strange time for us all.
Our countries have shut down and we are being asked to stay indoors and practice social distancing.
The Covid-19 virus has brought the world’s economy to a crawl, but together we can beat this thing and together we will.
We each have to play our part in stopping the spread of this virus, thus eliminating it once and for all.
A study published in The Journal of Hospital Infection suggests that the coronavirus can survive on some surface for up to nine days.
This is a scary thought but thanks to human ingenuity, we have access to various disinfectants and sanitisers that can kill this virus.
Here are 10 things to keep in mind to protect your loved ones and keep your home coronavirus free.
1. Clean and sanitise high touch surfaces
Any surface that is likely for persons to hold on to or touch is a high-risk area that the virus could be sitting on.
One of the main dangers with this virus is that it can be transmitted from a person with no symptoms- meaning that the person doesn’t even know they have it.
To be on the safe side, it is best to consider everyone a potential carrier.
It doesn’t mean you will reject or ill-treat persons, it just means that you need to practice social distancing with everyone as the authorities recommend.
You, therefore, need to frequently sanitise all high touch surfaces within your home.
- Bathroom fixtures
- Mobile phones
If you are unsure if an area is a high touch surface, it is safer to assume it is and disinfect it.
2. Wash your hands often
Your hands are usually your first point of contact on surfaces. All the high touch surfaces listed above will most likely be touched by your hands before any other part of your body. It is therefore crucial that you wash your hands regularly to prevent yourself or your loved ones from contracting the disease.
According to the CDC, you should lather your hands for at least 20 seconds to rid them of viruses.
If you are unable to wash your hands right after coming in contact with a high touch surface, use a hand sanitizer.
3. Don’t touch your face
The coronavirus enters your body through your eyes, nose, and mouth. These are all located on your face.
Unfortunately, the average human touches their face about 16 times per hour, and this is often done subconsciously. You have to, however, make a conscious effort to avoid touching your face at all costs.
This also reiterates the importance of washing your hands regularly.
4. Cover our mouth when sneezing, coughing, etc.
During this global pandemic, we have to take extra precaution to protect not only ourselves, but also others.
You could be infected with the coronavirus and not be aware. It is therefore important that you prevent your bodily fluids from spreading onto surfaces that might come in contact with others.
Cover your mouth when sneezing and coughing, preferably with a disposable napkin or even a handkerchief. If you have none of these at hand, it is better to do it in your clothes rather than on your hands.
5. Do not share plates and utensils
Most of us share everything with our family members. We often eat from the same plate and drink from the same glass. This is not the time for that.
We have to practice social distancing not only from strangers, but also in our own homes. The person whom we think is closest to us, who goes everywhere we go, who is the most sanitary, could have contracted the virus unknowingly.
Ensure that you do not share utensils and that all kitchenware is properly washed after an individual uses them.
6. Disinfect mobilephones
I already included mobile phones in the high touch surface list but they deserve special attention.
The coronavirus can live on surfaces such as plastic and glass for as much as nine days.
Our mobile phones have become an extension of our bodies nowadays. We instinctively reach for our mobile phones at the slightest ding or just out of boredom.
It is therefore important to sanitise your mobile phone as often as you wash your hands.
7. Change clothes and shower and as soon as you get home
Even though we are on lockdown, there are times when we will have to go out in public. We will need to conduct essential businesses, top-up on groceries, and some of us even have to go to work.
There is a high risk of getting the virus attached to your clothing during this time, especially if you have to use public transportation. Take extra care at this time to not touch your face.
When you return to the safety of your home, leave your shoes at the door. Then, head straight to the bathroom take a shower and put on clean clothing.
8. Disinfect grocery bags and groceries
Markets and supermarkets are high traffic areas. Persons often pick up items to inspect them and then put them back.
The items that you purchased quite possibly passed through a number of hands before you picked it up.
It is therefore important that you wash fruits and vegetables properly before consuming them. Also, get into the habit of disinfecting packages before using items.
9. Wipe floors with disinfectants
Your house floor is also a very important area to sanitise.
This is especially the case if you have to be in and out of the house or if you have young children who play on the floor.
Clean your house flooring and wipe with an effective disinfectant.
10. Stay home
This is the most important measure to take to keep your home free from the coronavirus.
Do not leave your home unless it is necessary.
No matter how careful you think you are being when going out, there is still a chance that you might bring the virus home. Staying at home eliminates this possibility.
It may be frustrating but it is only temporary. If you do not adhere to this warning, you will only be helping to prolong this situation.
Let’s all work together for the greater good of humanity and rid ourselves of this chapter in our history as soon as possible.