The world is facing one of the scariest and most uncertain time. And us, as community need to be aware of what is true and how to maintain our family safe. As recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), we must remain home in purpose to help to minimize the spread of the virus as well as to avoid getting infected.
Therefore, we must take care of our home environment, so we can stay at home, but knowing how can I make sure my house is clean and safe.
Being a nurse myself, I feel that I have as a duty inform and help people on how to keep them safe during this panic that we are all facing. After researching, I came up with some tips that may seem obvious but, not every one knows it, on how to keep our home clean and safe while going through this critical time.
What is the COVID-19?
According to the Scripps Research Institute, coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause a wide variety of illness. The first known severe illness caused by coronavirus was the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) back in 2003, followed by the MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) in 2012.
The study concludes that the virus has a natural origin, meaning that was not engineered. COVID-19 has two possible origins: a version of the virus came from animals and then evolved inside human body to it’s actual state, or the virus evolved in animals and then jumped to humans.
“If the SARS-CoV-2 entered humans in its current pathogenic form from an animal source, it raises the probability of future outbreaks, as the illness-causing strain of the virus could still be circulating in the animal population and might once again jump into humans. The chances are lower of a non-pathogenic coronavirus entering the human population and then evolving properties similar to SARS-CoV-2.”
How does the virus spread
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 is mainly spread from person-to-person, usually via close contact (within six feet). It can spread through physical contact like handshaking if someone’s hands are contaminated with the virus. And it can also spread through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes (again, that’s why the six-feet rule is handy: those droplets can travel that far, and land on another person’s mouth or nose, and can even be inhaled).
The New England Journal of Medicine has developed experiments that show the life expectancy of the virus in different surfaces.
The paper shows that the virus can resist between 2 hours to 9 days outside of the human body, depending on the surface – where metal and plastic are the ones to watch out when trying to keep your home clean and safe.
How to prevent it
As informed by WHO, the virus is transmitted from people to people by droplets – what does that means? – when an infected person sneezes, coughs, or even speaks, they spread those droplets in the air, or in their on hands, which if not cleaned properly will also contaminate other people.
So one of the most important thing at this very moment is to maintain ourselves clean – basic hygiene – wash our hands with soap and water between our fingers, under nails, out side of the hands, even our wrist is important. Always have a hand sanitize with you, do not shake hands, and if took a bus or train, avoid touch your own face and others. From now on every precaution is important and may keep your family safe.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency has released a list of products that can kill the virus, to give us a better fighting chance. Check the list on hte link below:
The next step
As a cleaning company, we are taking the precautions required to avoid the spread. And this is what we recommend you ask from your cleaners:
- Let the customer know if you have traveled overseas in the last 4 weeks.
- Quarantine yourself if you have shown any symptoms or had contact with someone with the virus.
- Use disposable gloves at all times during the service.
- Use surgical or N95 masks (You can still find gloves and masks at Amazon and Ebay).
- Try to schedule the cleaning for a time when the customer is not at home.
- Disinfect at least the main areas like sinks, door nobs, tables, stair rails, light switches, bench tops and taps.
If you are one of our lovely customers, be sure that we’re taking this matter very seriously. All our teams are already with their gloves, and the masks will be used starting on March 24th, due the shortage in local stores.
We are including all the steps we recommended in our daily services using a diluted version of bleach to disinfect all main areas.
Also, none of our team member were overseas in the last couple of months and we’re taking care of them to be sure that everyone is safe and healthy.
We will keep ourselves updated, and if you have any questions or suggestions, let us know in the comments!