What is COVID-19?
U.S Centres for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) defines coronavirus as a family of viruses which causes mild ailments like the common cold and already circulate amongst human beings. COVID-19, on the other hand, is a new virus that was recently found in China. Researchers are still learning and unlearning new things about this strain every day.
COVID-19 is a virus that causes respiratory illnesses and the common symptoms, as of now, are fever, dry cough and difficulty in breathing. Just like most other respiratory diseases, it spreads via touch, i.e. human-to-human contact.
How to Prevent Coronavirus?
Australia has been primarily affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic. It’sIt’s highly contagious nature targets clusters, and therefore, every single person needs to follow preventive measures thoroughly. The most important of following hygiene practices in order to protect those around you. Moreover, it is essential to develop product and safety information when it comes to maintaining hygiene. This is because one doesn’t just need to take cleaning and hygiene standards seriously, but you need to make sure that they are being implemented efficiently.
Handwash: It is believed that washing hands frequently can prevent germs from spreading. Although surveys have proved that 95% of people wash their hands incorrectly. Here is the correct method:
- Rinse hands with water before lathering soap
- Apply on the front as well as the back of your hands, including the cavities between finger and under nails. Don’t forget to lather the thumb.
- Scrub continuously for 20 seconds before washing the soap off and drying the hands using a clean towel.
Sanitising: In case soap and water are not available at a place, hand sanitisers having an alcohol percentage of 60% or more can be a practical substitute. Apply it in the below manner.
- Pump out two squirts of the product on your hand
- Rub both hands while covering the front, back, finger cavities.
Disinfecting: EPA Viral Emerging Pathogen Policy has accorded a list of cleaning products as well as disinfectants that can effectively kill off COVID-19.
These can be referred to here: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2
Tips for Cleaning and Disinfecting:
- Remove extra dirt by pre-cleaning before disinfecting.
- Apply disinfectant and let the surface dry as mentioned on the product label.
- When disinfecting surfaces like toys or food contact paces, wash with water once the disinfectant has dried upon it.
- Things such as your phone that you use with your hands often need to be disinfected thoroughly now and then.
- Disinfectant wipes should be thrown away post-use, and no non-flushable products should be flushed.
- In case of any further doubts, you can visit the product website for more information on its effectiveness.
Hygiene in Various Situations
Home: When you are at home, it is recommended that you wash your hands after using the toilet, touching the garbage or diapers, before and after eating food and after using pet food. Frequently touched objects like switchboards and should be cleaned and disinfected thoroughly. Also, if someone is sick, these guidelines apart from the mandatory cleaning and disinfecting need to be followed.
Workplace: The first and foremost rule to remember is staying home if you are sick and encouraging others to do the same. Apart from this, wash your hands before and after eating and after using the washroom. Also, use a tissue paper to touch typical snacks to keep any germs from spreading.
School: Educate children about thorough hand washing techniques and keep reminding them to wash their hands timely (before and after lunch or snacks and post using the bathroom). Furthermore, keep them at home when sick. Also, ask the daycare or school about additional prevention measures that they are following.
Daily Errands: After contacting surfaces that are often touched by many people, avoid touching your face. Other than this, use an antibacterial wipe for the shopping cart handle, mainly when a kid is riding it. Additionally, reusable bags should be washed once home. The safest thing to do nonetheless is using a grocery delivery service until possible.
Travelling: The essential thing is to put off moving until necessary. But, if you have to go, keep a 6 feet distance from anyone who is sneezing, coughing or blowing their nose.
Wash your hands properly after going through security checks at the airport as well as getting out of the aeroplane.
Implementing all the above-defined practices will reduce the chance of you and your loved ones contracting the virus. The best way though is to practise social distancing.
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- CDC COVID-19 Prevention Information
- CDC: Interim Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations for U.S. Households with Suspected or Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019
- U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Coronavirus Updates
- U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Coronavirus Resource Page
- World Health Organization (WHO) Corona Disease Updates
- ACI: Cleaning Product Supply Chain is “Essential Infrastructure” During Coronavirus Crisis
- Calling on elected officials to coordinate a clear public framework on exempted workers from curfew bans starting to take effect.
- Calling on elected officials to ensure the cleaning product supply chain maintains operation throughout this challenging time.
- Calling on the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission to continue their crackdown against price gouging.
- Imploring the President and congressional leaders to ensure that any “”fiscal and economic response to help businesses survive the [coronavirus] crisis match the scale and intensity of the steps being taken to end the pandemic.””
- Urging the U.S. Department of Transportation to consider altering COVID-19 related compliance requirements that may be limiting the ability of the cleaning product supply chain’schain’s ability to manufacture or distribute needed products.
- Expressing grave concern to government leaders over “”actions being taken at the state and local levels that may fundamentally impede or otherwise threaten the supply of critical products.””
- Resources on State and Local Government Updates from NAM
Articles on Coronavirus and Cleaning
- “”Amid Coronavirus Concerns, Follow These Steps to Minimise Germs at Home“” – The Wall Street Journal
- “”Americans Are Stockpiling Cleaning Products Due to COVID-19 Fears. Do They Actually Prevent Coronavirus?“” – Time
- “”Cleaning & Coronavirus: The ACI explains the right way to keep clean and safe“” – HAPPI
- “”Lysol, Clorox and Purell cleaning products kill coronavirus on household surfaces, experts say“” – Cleveland.com
- “”How To Clean Household Items During Coronavirus Outbreak, According to Experts“” – Bustle
- “”How to Keep Your Home Free of Coronavirus Germs“” – Wall Street Journal
- “”Even with coronavirus spreading, your phone probably won’twon’t make you sick (but you should clean it)“” – The Washington Post
- “”Where Women Are Ahead of Men: Hand Washing“” – The New York Times”
- “”Hand Sanitizer: Is More Coming? What Can You Do in the Meantime“” – U.S. News & World Report
- “”How Safe Are DIY Hand Sanitizers?“” – The Healthy
- “”12 Places to Clean in Your Home to Prevent the Spread of Illness“” – U.S. News & World Report
- “”Chemical, Cleaning Industries Essential to Fighting Virus“” – Bloomberg Environment
- “”Yes, There’sThere’s a Difference Between Cleaning & Disinfecting“” – Food52
- “”How to Disinfect Food And Your Kitchen For Coronavirus“” – The Huffington Post