As the COVID-19 pandemic—caused by the novel coronavirus—has spread, expert knowledge and guidance on the viral illness has evolved time and again as we learn more about it.
With a little strategy (and lots of hand washing and disinfecting), you can reduce the likelihood of transferring viruses and bacteria into your home.
Here are steps to follow every time you come home.
Sanitise before you enter your apartment
Anytime you’re outside your home, be mindful of the germs on your hands. Avoid touching your face until you can wash them and, if possible, keep hand sanitiser with you so you don’t leave potentially harmful germs on your car’s steering wheel or a doorknob going into your home.
Put groceries on the floor
Since germs can live on surfaces like bags for several hours, don’t put your groceries on the bench unless you plan to disinfect thoroughly immediately after. Same goes for the just-delivered packages you might normally put on the kitchen table.
Take off dirty shoes and clothes
No matter where you ventured to, your shoes and clothes are also potential germ-carriers. always take off your shoes and jacket off when you get home and quarantine them to their own designated area.
If you want to be extra careful, you can change into a fresh set of clothes, too. Just make sure you put your soiled clothes directly in the hamper or wash clothes right away.
Wash your hands, and then unpack everything
Now that your dirty clothes are off your body, it’s time to remove the germs from your hands so you don’t transfer them to all the surfaces in your home.
Disinfect if you need to, or just wash your hands again
For grocery buyers, it’s important to wash your hands thoroughly again after you touch all the food you put away. If you accidentally set potentially germ-ridden items on your counter, or potentially contaminated your doorknob or cabinet handles, disinfect those surfaces immediately with a bleach or alcohol-based cleaner.
Keep Guests to a Bare Minimum
During any outbreak of a bacterial or viral illness, try to limit access to your house to only the people who live with you.
Your Phone, Tablet and Other Devices
Those using electronic devices need to clean the plastic and steel surfaces with the proper disinfectants. These are the kinds of surfaces where the coronavirus can survive for up to 72 hours.
Apple said on its website that iPhones can be safely cleaned with disinfectant wipes, including products such as Clorox sheets. Samsung said you can wipe down the device with a microfiber cloth containing an alcohol-based solution (70%).
A tablet is a portable computer such as an iPad. You can use alcohol-based agents to clean your device and attention should be paid to the screen and buttons. Remove any case on the tablet and clean underneath. When you put the case back on, wipe down the outside of it.
Keyboards have lots of germs and are potential virus havens. Researchers have found that the average desktop has 400 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat. Keyboards should be unplugged and then shaken. Then they can be cleaned by gently wiping them down by using a 70% alcohol solution or disinfecting wipes. Stay away from bleach and don’t let moisture into the openings.
Author: Sam Aubrey