5 STEPS TO TAKE WHEN YOU WALK INTO YOUR HOME TO KEEP CORONA VIRUS OUT
We are all stuck at home right now due to the coronavirus, and just like me you may have run out of ways to entertain your kids.
While we have to stay home to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, leaving your home may also be risky as you stand the chance of contracting the virus, spreading it to members of your family or spreading it to someone else who may be vulnerable.
However, some trips out of your home are unavoidable and its nearly impossible not to touch anything when you are out there.
Here are a few steps to follow when you walk into your home, to keep the virus out .
1.Sanitize, sanitize, sanitize
We need to understand that when we leave our homes, we come in contact with different surfaces, most of which we may actually touch without realising that we do.
A simple trip to the grocery stores involves touching the cart, touching produces, touching doorknobs and eventually touching our car doors and steering wheels. Even if we go for a walk we may also need to push the button at the traffic light.
While coming in contact with surfaces is sometimes unavoidable we must make sure we avoid touching our faces before we get a chance to sanitize or clean our hands.
You’ve braved the now more noticeably germ filled world and now you’re back home… how do we leave all the muck at the door? When we get home we touch our doorknobs going into our home, we also flip light switches just as we walk in. if we are diligent in sanitizing our hands outdoors, we avoid bringing the virus into our homes.
2. Put your bags on the floor and go wash your hands.
If you go out for groceries, when you return home, avoid putting the bags on the countertops, and if you do, be sure to wipe the countertops afterward.
You could put the grocery bags on the floor including your personal bags and be sure to wash your hands immediately. You may then proceed to disinfect your personal items before taking them into other parts of the house. viruses live on surfaces like bags for several hours, this will ensure that these viruses are not transferred to other parts of the house.
Other surfaces to cleaned include keys, glasses, wallets, credit cards & phones. Chances are you answered a call or sent a text while you were out plus that may also be where you had your shopping list. Trust no surface.😁
3.keep your shoes and clothes in safe designated areas
Washing your hands ensures that you don’t transfer germs and viruses to all the surfaces you’re about to touch in your home.
It’s safe to treat your clothes as contaminated because they are potential germ carriers. Put your clothes in your laundry baskets or wash them right away. Resist the urge to throw your jacket on the couch, bed or dining chairs.
4.unpack and disinfect items bought or brought into the house.
Now for the 2nd round of disinfecting proceed to unpack the groceries or purchases made. I would suggest disinfecting the items before putting them away. I personally clean all the items before I put them in my cabinet. I disinfect the cartons, bags or boxes of my groceries or I transfer them into food containers.
Be sure to dispose of grocery bags and outer boxes of items you do not need.
5.Disinfect contact surfaces and wash your hands again
Finally, disinfect contact surfaces; If you set items on the kitchen counter or on the floor, you should disinfect these areas. Light switches should also not be left out. An alcohol-based cleaner or bleach will do. Disinfect your cabinet handles as well because chances are you touched them after handling groceries or items brought in from outside. It’s important to wash your hands thoroughly again after you touch all the food you put away.
Washing your hands with soap and water while indoors is very sufficient. Save the sanitizers for times when you have no access to soap and water.
Personally, I intend to keep up with these habits in my everyday life, even after the pandemic is over (maybe i won’t wipe down every piece of grocery I purchase, that has been so time-consuming😅 ). Nonetheless, these are surefire ways to keep germs away from our homes.