Cleaning During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tips to clean your house during the COVID-19 pandemic

During these days, where we try to keep your social distance, we shop online and have the products delivered to our doorsteps. But what if the deliveryman is sick or the person that cooks our meal? Can my items be contaminated?

The World Health Organization believes that the coronavirus primarily spreads through the droplets that are released when someone coughs or sneezes. However, the fact that a healthy individual can get injected after contacting a contaminated object and touching their mouth, nose, or eyes.

How long can the coronavirus survive on a surface?

According to a recently published study, the virus can survive on plastic or stainless steel for two to three days. Considering this, disinfecting surfaces, such as doorknobs, tables, countertops, keyboards, and light switches is particularly important.

WHO suggests the following for disinfecting the surfaces in your house:

If a surface is visually dirty, first clean it with water and soap, and then use disinfectant.

Wear disposable gloves.

Make sure that the environment in which you are cleaning is properly ventilated.

Use diluted bleach or an alcohol-based solution that includes a minimum of 70% alcohol.

Follow the instructions provided on the cleaning product and make sure that it is not expired.

When you are done, wash your hands.

Is it safe to order food?

Since COVID – 19 affects the lungs rather than the digestive system, there is no observation showing that the virus can be transmitted through food or food packaging. However, it is important to make sure that the place, from which you are ordering your food, is hygienic and complies with the basic guideline for food security.

Are the packages delivered to my house are safe?

Although the virus can survive on cardboard for 24 hours, the chance that it might be transmitted for days at room temperature considered very low.

Can the virus be transmitted through water?

According to WHO, there is no evidence showing that the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread through drinking water or pools.

Can the virus survive on my clothing?

Although there has been no study done on whether the virus can survive on the clothing items or other fabrics, it would be beneficial to regularly change clothes, wash them with hot water, and completely dry them.