Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Cleaning and Hygiene Tips to Protect Your Family from Covid

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With the rising COVID cases and new strains being discovered, there is a certain sense of anxiety and uncertainty. According to a poll, parents with children below 18 years were more likely to experience stress than those without. This increases the need to put measures in place to keep your family safe during this period. Here are some useful tips that can help you achieve that.

Stick to the Covid-19 safety protocols

The safety protocols are basically a reinforcement of basic personal hygiene methods. This includes washing your hands constantly, sneezing or coughing into a tissue or a handkerchief, and properly disposing of it. Also remember to avoid touching your face, nose, mouth, and eyes. At home, social distancing may not be practical. But when out of the house, be sure to keep a distance of at least one meter from all other people. When outside, make sure you have your nose mask on at all times. Also, keep hand sanitizers handy and use them often.

Improve the air quality

As studies have indicated, Covid-19 is mainly spread through droplets in the air. This makes a very compelling argument for improving the air quality of your home. One way to do so is by mold removal, as mold is a significant cause of poor air quality in the home. Poor air quality can be a cause of health issues that your family faces.

Cleaning and disinfecting

One way to reduce infection risk is by constantly cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces in the home. Before you proceed to clean and disinfect, be sure you have your gloves, a nose mask, and good ventilation. High-touch surfaces to consider are tables, chairs, kitchen counters, door handles, handrails, taps, toilets, light switches, keypads, and remote controls. Every home is different and will present other high-touch surfaces aside from those listed here. So be sure you notice them and disinfect them as well. First, clean the surface with soap and water, then apply the disinfectant, which should constitute about 70% alcohol. To be effective, let the disinfectant stay on the surfaces for a while before wiping them off. Always follow the instructions on the disinfectants for maximum results.

Doing laundry

Although it is currently unknown how the virus can live on fabric, several clothes have plastic and metal elements that may provide an enabling environment for it to live for a few hours. As such, it is good practice to remove your shoes and clothes as soon you get home from crowded places, place them in a different clothes basket and wash them as quickly as possible. Be sure to regularly do your laundry and avoid shaking dirty clothes to reduce the possibility of spreading the virus in the air. Remember to use warm water and detergent to wash your clothes. You will also be on the safer side if you disinfect your laundry bag and basket as well.

In cases where you have to use laundry services outside your home, take the right precautions. Be sure to pack your laundry before you leave the house. Go there when there are likely to be the least of people. Remember to social distance and make use of your hand sanitizer. Wear disposal gloves if necessary and also disinfect all surfaces before and after you use them.