With the outbreak of the pandemic, people have taken a long list of precautions to prevent infections when they are out in public.
However, the chances of bringing along the virus into the house are very high. This fact has been the reason why people have now become more paranoid as they step through their front doors.
In order to maintain one’s peace of mind, it is essential to follow a list of protocols every time one enters their houses as well.
Following the extensive research that has been done on the coronavirus, scientists have concluded that it can lay dormant on external surfaces for long periods.
One of the most infectious causes is the body fluid droplets (mucus or saliva) that is present on external surfaces.
Therefore, one will have to regularly follow disinfection procedures to avoid getting infected.
The surfaces that are in use the most are more vulnerable. These areas are:
- Door handles
- Light switches
- Sinks and faucets
- Bathrooms and toilets
- Remotes for different appliances
Cleaning tools like mops, rags and cloths require special cleaning. Preferably heat treatment. It is also crucial to clean the items that accompany a person on their shopping trips.
So items like:
- Debit or credit cards
- Wallets and purses
- Shopping bags
- Vehicle or house keys
The above surfaces differ from each other. A smartphone can be cleaned in the same way clothes are cleaned. Therefore, on the basis of the material type, each surface will require different cleaning procedures.
- Cleansing/Sanitising wipes: These wet wipes are a lifesaver when it comes to disinfecting surfaces quickly. One should keep a packet of wet wipes close at hand at all times. In doing so, one can quickly wipe off door handles, keyboards, smartphones and light switches.
- Cotton or microfibre cloths for wet surfaces like sinks, faucets and other areas. Remember to add a dab of sanitiser onto the surface and wipe off with the cloth.
- Detergents for washing clothes as well as floor specific detergents. These will play an important role in cleaning toilets and bathrooms as well.
- Surface disinfectant sprays that are not too intrusive to non-virus particles. The Environmental Protection Agency has come out with a list known as the List N. This list mentions all the disinfectants that work to rid a surface of its impurities.
- Bleaching products act as an all-encompassing disinfectant for the surfaces that can withstand harsh chemicals. However, it is important to use this sparingly especially with items that are in use by children.
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Offices and schools
Since the return of the workforce to offices and children to schools, one will have to be especially careful as there will be a larger gathering of people in tighter spaces. In addition to protecting oneself with a mask and sanitiser, one will have to keep in mind the spaces they come in contact with as well.
A few notable mentions of these areas are:
- Desks and tables
- Screens and computer systems
- Doors and Handles
- Elevator buttons
- Vending machine buttons
- Cafeteria lunch trays and cutlery
- Cabinets and cabinet handles
- Phones and other electronic machines.
These surfaces can undergo disinfection using the procedures outlined above.
With the lockdown lasting almost a year, most countries have reported an increase in the average weight. More people are confined to their homes without the possibility of physical exercise. Although most have sought refuge in creating makeshift gyms in their own homes, some will prefer the equipment and space present at gyms.
Therefore, it would be advisable to wipe down or sanitise the following items:
- Handles of various equipment like kettlebells, skipping ropes, and dumbbells
- Locker handles
- Resistant equipment like bands and tubes
- Water bottles
In conclusion, precautions are merely preventive in nature. Although it can be difficult to remember all these procedures, it is not impossible. Abiding by this cleaning checklist will mean incorporating it into one’s daily life. If it is possible try to remain in spaces that possess good ventilation. This will reduce the chances of one contracting the disease greatly.
The truth is COViD is here to stay for at least the near future. Therefore, one must maintain their physical health to keep their mental health in order as well.