Hygiene and health are important at this time with the rise of Coronavirus (Covid-19) cases around the world. It’s not just about taking precaution when you are outside as you should do the same at home as well. Here are some tips from official health sources to help protect you and your family while you are at home.
From the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH):
– Minimize visitors to your home and list down everyone that came over.
– Practise good respiratory hygiene when coughing – cover your mouth and nose with tissue paper napkin or tissue. Remember to throw away used tissue in clean and proper ways and wash your hands afterwards.
– Wash hands with soap frequently. Also thoroughly wash your plates, clothing and other daily use homeware with soap
– Avoid consumption of raw or undercooked animal products
– Do not share personal grooming supplies
– Ensure good ventilation by opening doors and windows for fresh air.
– Seek medical care early if you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing
From the World Health Organization (WHO):
For those who want to wear masks whether outside or at home, here’s a reminder from WHO:
“WHO advises rational use of medical masks to avoid unnecessary wastage of precious resources and mis-use of masks. Only wear a mask if you are ill with COVID-19 symptoms (especially coughing) or looking after someone who may have COVID-19. Disposable face mask can only be used once. If you are not ill or looking after someone who is ill then you are wasting a mask. There is a world-wide shortage of masks, so WHO urges people to use masks wisely. The most effective ways to protect yourself and others against COVID-19 are to frequently clean your hands, cover your cough with the bend of elbow or tissue and maintain a distance of at least 1 meter (3 feet) from people who are coughing or sneezing.”
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a clean household is one way to help keep COVID-19 at bay. Here are some guidelines:
– Know the difference between cleaning and disinfecting: Cleaning refers to the removal of germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces. Cleaning does not kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection. On the other hand, disinfecting refers to using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.
– Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas (e.g. tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, sinks)
– Wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. Gloves should be discarded after each cleaning. Clean hands immediately after gloves are removed.
– If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
– For disinfection, diluted household bleach solutions, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, and most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective.
– For soft (porous) surfaces such as carpeted floor, rugs, and drapes, remove visible contamination if present and clean with appropriate cleaners indicated for use on these surfaces. After cleaning, launder items as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
– Clean and disinfect clothes hampers according to guidance above for surfaces. If possible, consider placing a bag liner that is either disposable (can be thrown away) or can be laundered.
Tools for Keeping Your Home Clean and Preventing Viruses
With all the guidelines above in mind, here are some tools and products to help you keep germs and viruses at bay:
1. Disinfect using an EPA-approved bleach
The Environmental Protection Agency has released a list of disinfectant products approved for use against COVID-19 on surfaces.
2. Ensure good ventilation and healthy air flow with an air purifier
Good ventilation at home helps to reduce the spread of viruses and pathogens. One way to do this is to use air purifiers with excellent features to remove allergens, dust and other accummulated components lingering in our indoor environment.
3. Paint your house with anti-virus coatings
Use high quality paint with anti-virus, toxic-free and green properties to ensure healthier indoor air quality.
4. Wash your clothing and other soft furnishing well
It’s important to wash your laundry and other fabric at home thoroughly. A high performance washing machine with deep cleaning function is ideal.
5. Keep all kitchen surfaces clean when preparing meals
When cooking, it’s crucial to prevent cross-contamination especially after you handled raw meat. This means you should consistently clean your kitchen surfaces before and after preparing and cooking food. One way to make things easier to get surfaces that have anti-microbial properties.
Creative Home hopes all our readers stay well and stay strong during this crucical time. Do what you can and help others to do the same.