Mundane household tasks have turned into a source of uncertainty and anxiety as families grapple with getting the basics done all while keeping their loved ones safe and healthy. Yes we are home practicing social distancing, however there is usually someone in the family who goes out to the shops or even for essential work – therefore meaning we can be exposed to COVID-19 in the home.
Here are everyday safety measures to help protect your family:
Cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces in your home regularly is an important precaution to lower the risk of infection. Follow cleaning product instructions for safe and effective use, including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation. Every home is different, but common high-touch surfaces include: door handles, tables, chairs, handrails, kitchen and bathroom surfaces, taps, toilets, light switches, mobile phones, computers, tablets, keyboards, remote controls, game controllers and favourite toys.
Tip: If a surface is dirty, first clean it with soap or detergent and water. Then use a disinfectant product containing alcohol (of around 70%) or bleach.
It is currently unclear how long the COVID-19 virus can survive on fabric, but many items of clothing have plastic and metal elements on which research suggests, the virus may live longer on these materials. Exercise caution and common sense. Good practices to consider include removing your shoes when you enter your home and changing into clean clothes when you return home after being in crowded places, and washing your hands with soap and water and where possible using alcohol-based sanitizer.
Handling and preparing food
While at present there is no evidence of people catching the COVID-19 virus from food or food packaging, it may be possible that people can become infected by touching a surface or object contaminated by the virus and then touching their face. The greater risk comes from being in close contact with other people while outside food shopping or receiving a food delivery. As always, good hygiene is important when handling food to prevent any food-borne illnesses.
- Remove any unnecessary packaging and dispose into a waste bin with a lid.
- Packaging like cans can be wiped clean with a disinfectant before being opened or stored.
- Wash unpackaged produce, such as fruit and vegetables, thoroughly under running water.
- Wash your hands with soap and water immediately afterwards.
Good hygiene practices are as straight forward as keeping germs at bay, which isn’t just one person’s job, it’s a team effort. So encourage this with the whole family in ensuring everyone washes their hands regularly with soap, sanitizes and keeps your home clean.