How to Protect Your Home
*Source - Centers for Disease Control
Encourage Every Family Member at Home to
- Clean their hands at the door and to wash their hands frequently
- Create habits and reminders to avoid touching their face and cover coughs and sneezes
- Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, countertops, tables, and handrails regularly
- Increase ventilation by opening a window
- Wear a cloth mask - instructions for wearing/making a mask
Households with Older Family Members or Those Who With Other Health Issues (heart, lung, kidney, diabetes)
- Healthy people, behave like you are at risk. Increase hand washing
- Provide a protected space for the vulnerable person in your home
- Ensure that all utensils and surfaces are cleaned regularly
Households with Sick Family Members
- Give the sick person their own room, keep the door closed
- Have only one family member provide care to the sick member
- Consider additional protection or more intensive care for sick family members over 65 years old or with underlying health conditions
Implement simple cleaning and disinfecting measures to reduce the viability and transmission of the corona-virus. There are many studies being implemented at this time via epidemiologists that hone in on how long the virus can live on everyday surfaces such as stainless steel, plastic, fabrics (face masks), and so forth. We can each do our part by making sure we are keeping our working and home environments clean consistently.
Objects and areas to consider for routine cleaning:
- light switches
- electronics (our cell phones are probably one of the most contaminated objects)
- medication carts
- work/desk phones
- blood pressure cuffs, stethoscopes, pulse oximeters, thermometers
How to clean and disinfect:
Electronics: This includes cell phones, touch screens, remotes, keyboards, computer mice, etc. Consider the use of alcohol-based wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol to disinfect phones/touch screens. Dry surfaces thoroughly to avoid the pooling of liquids.
Hard/Non-Porous Surfaces: clean with detergent/soap/water prior to disinfection. Most EPA-approved agents can be used to disinfect, such as Lysol, Comet, Clorox and believe it or not, Windex! Additionally, bleach solutions can be used, such as preparing a solution with 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) of bleach per gallon of water, or 4 tablespoons of bleach per quart of water.
Soft/Porous Surfaces: I.e., carpeted floors, rugs, drapes. Remove visible contamination if present, and clean with appropriate cleaners that are indicated for the specific material. After cleaning, launder the items as appropriate with the manufacturer's instructions. Use the warmest appropriate water setting for the items, and dry completely.
Linens, Clothing, Laundered Items: WEAR DISPOSABLE GLOVES WHEN HANDLING LAUNDRY FROM AN INFECTED OR EXPOSED INDIVIDUAL! If no gloves are available, wash hands immediately after touching. Do not shake the dirty laundry. This will minimize the possibility of dispersing the virus through the air. Launder items per manufacturer's recommendations, using the warmest appropriate water setting. Dry completely. Per the CDC, you CAN wash the clothing of an ill person with other people's items. Clean and disinfect your clothes hampers.
Here is the link for EPA-approved disinfectants: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2