During a global pandemic, staying at home is perhaps one of the most efficient ways for the average person to help stop the spread of the virus. But even from the comforts of your own home, there are things you can do. Start by making your hygiene practices a routine.
Depending on the type of disease that’s spreading, particles that contain contaminants can stay on surfaces for hours, sometimes even days. As much as possible, disinfect everything that enters your home. If a virus causes the pandemic, wiping surfaces with soapy water or alcohol goes a long way in preventing the virus from spreading.
Launder immediately the clothes you used outside or hang them under the sun before washing. Make sure you leave shoes outside as well. However, if you need to bring them in, disinfect the soles of your shoes by stepping on a bleach-soaked rag for a few seconds. Meanwhile, wipe down anything you brought from outside with a disinfectant.
This shouldn’t apply only to groceries. Disinfect as much of your house as possible, too, starting with your windows. If you’ve been working with a professional window cleaning company in Seattle, WA before the shutdown, you may apply what they used to do. They often use antibacterial detergents and soaps on windows to prevent airborne contaminants from accumulating on the glass and metal surfaces. Disinfect walls, countertops, stair railings.
Wear Protective Clothing and Always Wash Your Hands
Wear protective gear when going outside for grocery shopping or checking your garden. You don’t need PPEs; the right face mask will do. It doesn’t even have to be a surgical-grade mask. Cloth masks will filters that cover your entire face from the nose down are enough to stave off corona-type viruses.
Disposable gloves may not be necessary if you’re just tidying up the yard or watering the plants. But they offer protection when you’re handling groceries, deliveries, and other items from outside.
More than protective clothing, basic hygiene will benefit you. Wash your hands thoroughly throughout the day, even when you haven’t gone outside. Washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds is very useful against viruses and bacteria.
As much as possible, avoid touching outside surfaces like railings or door handles. In case you do, wash your hands each time.
Resist the Temptation to Go Out
We know that being stuck at home can raise your stress levels and make you anxious. But the fatality risk for getting infected by a viral disease is higher when you go out. Viruses and bacteria thrive in areas where people often come into contact with one another. By keeping distance, the virus is isolated, reducing the risk of contamination.
Only go outside when necessary, and by ‘necessary,’ it means for urgent errands only, such as replenishing your pantry and buying medicines. When you do go outside, practice social distancing and avoid touching surfaces. This way, you’re not just saving your life, but you’re helping save other lives as well.