Cleanliness and COVID-19 (Corona Virus)
We’ve heard the saying cleanliness is next to godliness but it’s also directly akin to keeping healthy. Many are wondering what they can do to keep themselves and their loved ones safe during the Corona Virus outbreak here in the States. There’s a lot of information (and even misinformation) circulating around—so we’ve compiled some practical actions you can take to help reduce the fear.
Clean and disinfect your home
One of the best ways to prevent the spread of disease is with a clean home. Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in household common areas such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, and sinks. If you’re self quarantining make sure to isolate yourself to one room in your home as to not spread germs to other members in the home.
Difference between cleaning and disinfecting
These are two separate methods that need to be addressed. If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using soap and water prior to disinfection. To disinfect, use a cleaner containing at least 70% alcohol or one infused with high therapeutic grade essential oils (eucalyptus, thyme, lavender, tea tree are all antivirals). Spray surface with disinfectant and let stand for at least 20 seconds before wiping or scrubbing.
Wash your hands
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.