June 9, 2020| |
CORONAVIRUS: HOME CLEANING AND HYGIENE DURING THE PANDEMIC
Maintaining hygiene will help keep Coronavirus and other harmful bacteria away from your house. Here are some useful tips:
1. Keep Yourself Clean
Maintaining personal hygiene is the very first thing that is effective against Coronavirus. It is therefore recommended that you should wash your hands as frequently as possible for at least 20 seconds. Washing should be done with soap and water. Take a bath at least once a day and use a sanitizer when required.
2. Disinfect Frequently Touched Surfaces
Frequently-touched surfaces include light switches, door handles, television remote, fridge door, etc. You need to use a disinfectant for keeping these surfaces clean at all times. Use a mop or wipe to clean these surfaces.
3. Avoid Touching Mouth, Eyes and Nose (MEN)
A person’s face becomes an entry point for the Coronavirus i.e. the virus can enter into a person’s body through eyes, nose, or mouth. Avoid rubbing your eyes, picking the nose or chewing on fingernails, as much as possible.
4. Wash Your Hands After Doing Laundry
It is found that Coronavirus can survive in various fabrics for a long time. Consider changing into a fresh set of clothes when you return home. Wash your hands as soon as you are done washing clothes and other items.
5. Frequently Wash Bed Sheets, Towels, Reusable Kitchen Napkins
Things like bedsheets, towels, or reusable kitchen napkins are not washed frequently in many households. Keeping the COVID-19 situation in mind, refrain from doing so for long intervals. Consider changing the bedsheet every couple of days (changing sheets every day is advisable in this situation ). Also, wash towels after each use and reusable kitchen napkins at the end of each use.
6. Handle Food With Extra Care
It is highly unlikely that Coronavirus would infect a person via food. However, food and water should be handled with extra care to avoid other diseases. Always use clean utensils to prepare and serve food. Cook food at higher temperatures and avoid consuming expired food items.
7. Throw Away Extra Packaging Immediately
Coronavirus can remain stable on various surfaces like cardboard, plastic, etc. Thus make it a point to throw additional packaging material like plastic bubble wrap, bags, cardboard boxes, etc. as soon as possible.
8. Manage Waste
Due to the current COVID-19 situation, waste should be minimized and managed smartly. Consider using organic waste from the kitchen as a fertilizer for plants. Always separate dry and wet waste and keep the waste-bin covered at all times.
9. Keep Your Pets Clean
Consider bathing dogs and cats every week. Other pets that are kept in cages or glass tanks should also be maintained for hygiene. Clean the cages as frequently as possible. Don’t wait till you get a foul smell. Keeping your pets clean will help avoid any possible infection.
10. Sterilize Toys, Utensils, and Bottles for Children
Recent cases of children contracting COVID-19 is a lesson that they are not at a lower risk than adults. They can equally get affected by this disease. Thus, take additional measures like sterilizing any item which comes in contact with kids, along with normal precautions that are necessary to avoid an infection.
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