How to Stay Clean & Sanitary During the Coronavirus Spread
There’s still a lot to learn about the novel COVID-19 virus that is known as Coronavirus. What we do know about it and similar diseases like SARS and MERS, is the fact that that these types of viruses spread through person-to-person contact, the majority of which are frequent close contacts (within approximately 6 feet).
Below you can find some of the main forms of cleaning and disinfection (stated by the CDC) of any houses of which persons self-isolating from the COVID-19 virus, aimed at limiting the survival possibility of the virus within your own environment.
Starting off, it’s important to understand the difference between the acts of ‘cleaning’ and ‘disinfecting’.
‘Cleaning’ refers to the removal of any germs, dirt or impurities from the surfaces of anything. This process does not kill any germs, however, by removing them it lowers their total numbers as well as the risk of any possible spreading.
‘Disinfecting’ focusses on the use of chemicals to kill germs present on the surface of any object. This process does not necessarily always *remove* the presence of germs on a surface however after cleaning as well, the risk of further spread of infection is vastly diminished.
In order to effectively practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces, it is recommended to use household cleaners and any EPA-regulated disinfectants while strictly following label instructions to ensure all precautions of chemical use are taken.
How to Effectively Clean and Disinfect:
– Wear disposable gloves and discard them after each cleaning. If reusable gloves are used, they should be dedicated to cleaning and cleaning only for COVID-19. Clean and wash your hands immediately after removal.
– If a surface is particularly dirty, use a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
– For the disinfection process, any diluted house held bleach solutions with a concentration of at least 70% alcohol, as well as more commonly purchased EPA-registered disinfectants should be effective. The CDC outlines how to prepare a diluted bleach solution at home on their website, in case you may not be able to find any in your nearest stores.
– For the cleaning and disinfecting of any soft surfaces (ex: carpeted floor, rugs, drapes) remove any visible contamination marks if present and clean with however much appropriate cleaner is needed.
– After cleaning, launder all items appropriate with manufacturer’s instructions
– If possible, launder items using the warmest temperature possible
Hygiene and other Preventative Measures
– Household members should wash and clean their hands as often as possible for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available to you, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least a 60% concentration will be effective.
– While at work or at home, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
– Other key times to wash your hands include:
- After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
- After using the restroom
- Before eating or preparing food
- After contact with animals or pets
- Before and after providing routine care for another person who needs assistance
The entire team here at My Organic Zone is committed to delivering an excellent guest and shopper experience, regardless of how you shop with us. On top of this, we are taking the highest precaution in ensuring our products are created, assembled, shipped, and delivered to you as cleanly and efficiently as possible. We care about all of you and hope you know that! We wish you the best throughout this ongoing time of uncertainty, and most importantly please stay safe <3