Right now, hysteria is gripping the masses over the Coronavirus (aka “COVID-19”). Ridding ourselves of any germs that can contain this potentially lethal virus is priority #1 for most- so how do we do it?
First things first, we must understand how the germs spread. The virus is not technically airborne (although it can be physically passed through the air through droplets). However, it is usually passed on through physical contact and can remain on surfaces for days. It also enters the human body through mucous membranes (mainly around the nose and eyes); This is why we hear over and over again “Wash your hands.” and “Refrain from touching your face.” (Especially since the average person touches their faces hundreds, or even a thousand, of times a day!)
So when cleaning, here’s what’s recommended by the CDC:
Clean “high-touch surfaces”. What are these surfaces? Things we literally use our hands-on daily: computers, tablets, phones, light switches, doorknobs, toilets, remote controls, hard-backed chairs, sinks/faucets, handles, desks, tables, etc. But remember, cleaning does not “kill” germs it “removes” them. For a list of cleanings recommended by the CDC, Click Here.
Once these germs have been removed you may now kill them by disinfecting them. Killing whatever germs are left over will greatly decrease the risk of spreading COVID-19. For a list of disinfectants recommended by the CDC, Click Here.
If anyone in your household shows symptoms of the illness: shortness of breath, fever, coughing- call a medical care facility/hospital at once! It would also be wise to quarantine them to a specific area of the house and keep others away from them (if there’s more than one bathroom, you should also consider having them use a separate bathroom from everyone else.)
It’s also recommended to wear gloves as much as possible to avoid the spread of the virus.
When washing clothes, linens, towels, etc. avoid shaking out the laundry as this will help keep germs as bay. Wash hands after washing clothes and, if one person in the household is infected (or you believe they could be) wash their clothes separately.
Keeping a distance of at least 3 feet from people who may be infected (or who are infected) will also help decrease the risk of getting sick (or passing it on to others).
Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap & water.
Make sure to moisturize your hands as much as you wash them. This will avoid the skin on your hands from cracking which can allow more germs to enter into your body.
If anyone in your household has the virus, feed them using disposable eating utensils, cups & plates and dispose of their trash separately using guidelines from your local sanitation department.
For more details from the CDC on cleaning your home, caring for a COVID-19 patient or information about the virus itself, Click Here.