Seven simple things you can do to protect yourself from the CORONA virus right now
As the COVID-19 pandemic worsens across the country, people are taking new measures to make sure they are safe from washing their hands for 20 seconds at a time to socialize, the public has begun to modify their behavior to prevent the spread of the virus.
With the announcement of daily guidance by the government, and with the travel restrictions currently in place, life has changed as we know it for many of us. But as the closure continues and the public does everything they can to help the most vulnerable among us, one thing we all do is spend more time at home.
From this point of view, there are many things to do to protect ourselves at these times, here is the full list of things you should do to protect your home:
Shopping for necessities is one of the only reasons people can leave their homes.
While you may be careful while you are at the supermarket, there may be hidden risks when you return home.
Dr. Lisa Cross, a virologist, explains that while the food itself will be safe, the packaging it brings can prove the risk of the COVID-19 entering your home.
As Dr Javed Abdel Moneim says: “The current guidance tells us that the food itself is unlikely to be dangerous, so even if the virus molecules are taken, it is likely that they will not remain in stomach acid.
But food packaging can be a concern. Remember that the virus can last for 24 hours on cardboard, and three to five days on plastic. “
To make sure you don’t accidentally bring the fatal bug to your home on the packages, Dr. Cross advises people to remove as much of the external packaging as possible.
So, pack the pasta containers and remove the carton box from the grain.
For anything that cannot be removed from its external packaging, such as beans, canned soups or canned vegetables, wash cans with water and soap.
Living with others
COVID-19 can infect anyone – including people in your home, which can cause problems.
Anyone who shows symptoms of THE COVID-19virus has been told that they must isolate themselves for 14 days to protect anyone else. But how people who live should deal with someone who doesn’t have to be in touch with others. Dr Javid recommends dividing the house into groups – isolated people, who have symptoms, and are far apart, who also live in the same house but do not have symptoms of corona, who are particularly vulnerable to corona virus, such as the elderly. Dr Javid says the estranged should be given special rooms if possible to reduce their risk of exposure to the virus. The spaced-offs should be able to use some rooms first, such as the kitchen, before they become contaminated. After that, the injured can bring isolated food from the kitchen to prevent additional risks.
How to clean effectively
There are complete corridors dedicated to cleaning products in the supermarket, with people stripped of shelves when it became clear how dangerous the epidemic really is.
But Dr Cross insists you only need two things to make your home as safe as possible – bleach and soap. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make sure you keep your home clean.
Dr Cross said: “The properly diluted bleaching solution (the cheapest bleach you can get in a supermarket will work 100% effectively against the virus), or soap and water.
“Bleaching is good for hard-surface stains, such as lighting switches, and most floors and worktops.”
To make sure you take all precautions, always wear gloves when cleaning and use bleach in a well ventilated area. However, if you still can’t get bleach, don’t panic – soap and water are really effective.
“Soap and water are highly versatile and particularly suitable for destroying the virus on items that come into contact with food, and to clean children’s toys safely and effectively,” said Dr Cross.
Forgotten things that need to be cleaned
We all know that the main living spaces should be as clean as possible, especially at the moment, but there are many other things within our homes that we all forget.
Dr Cross and Dr Javed identified the most forgotten areas and urged people to make sure they were clean.
Although you may clean your home feverishly, there are some areas that you may neglect that can be fertile ground for bacteria and coronavirus.
They said: ” The outside of cleaning product bottles, soaps and hand cream bottles are substances that we touch a lot and can be transmitted through COVID-19.” The simplest way to clean it is to wash it with warm water and soap.”
Stop entering the corona virus
While most of us take social exclusion seriously and follow government guidelines, there are still times when we have to leave the house.
Shopping for necessities and going for a walk or running is permitted, so people need to take extra precautions to make sure they don’t bring back COVID-19 with them.
The first thing people should do when walking through their front door is to take off their shoes where the COVID-19 can live on the soles of the shoe for up to five days and on clothes for 24 hours.
You should keep the shoes in the shoe closet or if you don’t have one, keep them in the same place every day.
After that, if you have travelled on public transport or are close to other people, also take off your clothes immediately and throw them directly into the washing machine.
Be safe when ordering takeaways
Rewards are important for keeping us all sane during the ban period and there are many fast food still offered to give families an incentive during this period.
Ordering food may also be vital for some people after stripping store shelves where they are bought in large quantities by people in a panic. Despite its small size, there is still a risk of ordering food from abroad, so Dr Cross and Dr Javid have devised a way to ensure safety as much as possible.
Dr Javid said: “When you get ready meals, simply remove the external packaging and get rid of it. For fast food that does not contain disposable packaging, either wipe with a small piece of water and soap or pour its contents into a clean bowl/dish.
“Get rid of any plastic bags you’ve entered, and disinfect them anywhere your outer packaging may have touched (your kitchen surfaces). Then wash your hands and have fun.”
Don’t forget to dry your hands.
After weeks of being told to wash our hands for 20 seconds as regularly as possible we are all experts. But when it comes to drying our hands afterwards, make no mistake in using a dirty towel.