Arm yourself with the knowledge of how to clean and disinfect properly.
During this stressful and difficult time, you may be wondering what you can do to help protect your family, and you, from the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
Cleaning and disinfecting are two powerful ways to help your household stay free from COVID-19.
Cleaning and disinfecting are two different things.
Understanding the difference between cleaning and disinfecting is important to stopping the spread of this horrific illness. The first step is thorough cleaning. Every day, make sure to clean all high-use surfaces in your home with soap and water. These surfaces may include doorknobs, counter tops, toilet handles, light switches and so forth. Do not assume that disinfecting alone is enough. Clean the surface before moving on to the disinfecting stage.
Disinfect after cleaning.
After cleaning, use a disinfecting agent to help remove disease-causing pathogens from the newly cleaned surfaces. It’s worth noting that while some form of the coronavirus has been around since the 1960’s, the 2020 novel coronavirus is a newer version. The CDC believes that disinfecting agents that could kill the previous version should also be effective in killing the 2020 coronavirus. But at the time of this writing, that has not been scientifically proven as true.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has compiled a list of disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2, which is the novel coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 disease. You can review the list here. You might find that you have household items on hand that are included on the EPA’s list. That can be especially good news since many stores may not have commercial disinfectants in stock.
Wear gloves and wash your hands.
If possible, wear disposable gloves while cleaning and disinfecting the potentially contaminated surfaces in your home. After removing and disposing of your gloves, wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If you’re wondering how to know when 20 seconds have passed, try humming the Happy Birthday song two times. That should take roughly 20 seconds to complete. Dry your hands on a clean towel, paper towel or allow them to air dry.
Make it a part of your daily chores.
Clean and disinfect your home on a daily basis. Doing so can help eliminate or minimize your family’s risk of becoming infected within your home. Putting these suggestions into practice can help you feel safer and more secure in your environment.