Coronavirus And COVID-19 Sanitizing Your Home
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Sanitizing Your Home
Unpacking groceries: You don’t need to follow all the intricate practices shown in a popular YouTube video from a family doctor that’s had more than 12 million views. In the Washington Post, Joseph G. Allen, an assistant professor of exposure and assessment science at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, advises hand washing when you get home and again after putting groceries away, but nothing more. The half-life of the virus on most surfaces — the time it takes to decrease by half, then half again — is relatively short, he explained. Unless you’re using items right away, the virus will be gone by the time you take it out of the cupboard. If you do need something immediately and want to take the extra step, you can wipe down the package with a disinfectant.
Cleaning during quarantine: If someone in your home is sick, clean surfaces that are touched frequently every day, like doorknobs, light switches, and tables. Use a household cleaning product or wipe, or a solution of 4 teaspoons of bleach per quart of water. If you’re living under a “stay at home” order, with nobody coming and going, you can relax a little. In that situation, “Regular cleaning is fine,” Vinetz says. Using wipes? Read the package instructions carefully, and don’t expect to clean the whole room with a single wipe. Research has shown that they become less effective when cleaning larger areas.
Letting in the repair technician: Plumbing emergencies happen, even when you’re quarantined. If a technician has to enter your home, he or she should be taking precautions. “He’s going from home to home, with exposure to multiple public surfaces,” Vinetz says. “That’s different than the delivery man bringing you food without coming inside.” While the technician is in your home, do your best to maintain social distancing. Clean all surfaces when the work is done. And open a window, Vinetz suggests. “If you get a breeze, it can get infectious particles out of the air.”
Article courtesy of Debbie Koenig, Published by WebMD.com.
Limit your exposure to coronavirus by staying away from large groups of people and anyone who has recently traveled. Watch for symptoms such as low grade fever (Below 100 degrees), headache, dry cough, shortness of breath, and fatigue.
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