As at the time of writing these article 15 states out of 36 states in Nigeria are on lock down, no thanks to the novel Coronavirus. Though not the easiest of action by the government, it was a necessary action to take given the way the disease is spreading.
The pandemic has taken its toll on the world’s economy because like Nigeria, other countries where Covid-19 had been reported also had to enforce lock down to reduce person to person spread of the disease.
COVID-19: 6 Life-Saving Home Cleaning Tips during the Lock Down
Except for persons offering essential services, others are compelled to spend more time at home. Staying at home can be a nice thing for some people, they see it as an opportunity to spend more time with family members. But while staying at home, there are few life-saving tips we like you to learn. Like we use to say at Kleenrite, “A clean environment keeps the doctors away.”
Clean your house every day and keep cleaning things around when required
Daily cleaning is a culture you should get used to during this lock down, you might be tempted to skip some days cleaning because your house might not be visibly dirty. More so, the rooms, kitchen, bathroom, toilet and other frequently visited parts of the house should be cleaned with soap and water.
Clean your hands before and after cleaning the house
This might seem like a tall order, especially if you are not into cleaning service like us, the truth is that, washing your hand before and after cleaning the house for at least 20 seconds each can be a life-saving practice.
Use alcohol-based disinfectants for cleaning
Alcohol-based disinfectants are effective against bacteria, above all, this would protect you against any bacterial infection. You can be exposed to bacteria from other people, through the environment, or from eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water.
Furthermore, wipes can also come in handy when water and soap are not within your reach, when getting the shopping, go for the ones that have at least 60% alcohol they kill 99.9% of germs on surfaces.
Use hand sanitizers
Hand sanitizer provides a 99.9% protection against germs and bacteria, rubbing it on your hands time to time would help to keep you healthy. This is important because we touch our faces for an average 23 times per hour which means we can transmit viral and bacterial infection from the hand to the body.
Therefore, if we touch the mouth, eyes and mouth with an unsanitized hand, you stand a risk of spreading the virus. You never can tell when you have come across a COVID-19 infected person because there might not be a visible sign until 14 days after the first contact, so we say prevention is better than cure. It will be nice for you to have a pocket-sized hand sanitizer so you can take and use it everywhere you go.
Disinfect frequently touched surface
These are the places which you touch the most. For example, places like doorknobs, handles, Light switches, drawers, refrigerator and microwave doors, side tables, back of the chair, makeup products, door, windows, wardrobe, children toys, toilet seat, electronic devices, TV remote, dining tables and more should be cleaned with alcohol-based disinfectant or wipes.
A simple face mask can help block large-particle droplets, splashes, sprays, or splatter that may contain viruses and bacteria. Surgical masks may also help reduce exposure of the wearer’s saliva and respiratory secretions to others, that way it can prevent a person to person transmission of the novel Coronavirus.
The proper disposal of the face mask can also save lives. It should be disposed of when the mask becomes soiled on either side of the mask, or when the user is done wearing.
After removing the mask from face, place mask in a plastic bag and secure tightly and dump in a trash can. Most importantly, don’t put on a new face mask until you have washed your hands with soap and water.
Finally, COVID-19 can be completely eradicated in our country if we take all the precautionary measures given by the health authorities, you too can keep your family safe with the aforementioned tips.
In the coming weeks, we will be sharing more cleaning tips to help you stay safe during this coronavirus induced lock down.