Your home needs protection from covid-19 too and these tips will keep it safe

Updated on: 2 April 2020, 14:03 pm IST

Cleaning your hands and keeping yourself sanitized is not enough if you want to fight from covid-19. You need to sanitize your home too.

IANS
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Protect your home from covid-19. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Are you washing your hands frequently? Are you sanitizing your hands every time you touch something? Are you wearing a mask? If the answer to all these questions is a big yes then we have something more to tell you. Still, you can be infected by covid-19.

How? You all know that coronavirus can stay for while on the surface and if you are bringing things from outside in your home then there are chances that you can also infect your home with this virus. Therefore, just cleaning yourself is not enough as you also have to disinfect your home. 

To make your home covid-19 free, health experts have shared some tips such as cleaning all kitchen surfaces every time you finish cooking and keeping separate pairs of footwear for outdoors and indoors to fight the virus.

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Just washing your hands are not enough you need to sanitize your home too. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Clean the spaces which are touched more frequently like doorknobs
According to Praveen Gupta, Director and Head Neurology, Fortis Memorial Research Institute in New Delhi, all surfaces should be cleaned routinely with soap and other disinfectants available to make your house covid-19 proof.

“Apart from cleaning the surfaces, other objects like light switches, desks, keyboards, doorknobs, toilets, closets should also be cleaned. Please make sure that you do not touch any object while cleaning with bare hands; gloves are necessary and make sure to dispose of these gloves after the cleaning is done,” Gupta told IANS.

In case you are buying vegetables and fruits from outside, please make sure that you clean the bag very carefully before entering the house.

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Did you know? Coronavirus can stay on surfaces for longer than a week!Image courtesy: Shutterstock

If possible, it is advisable to keep the bags outside your home or in a corner for at least 24-48 hours.

“Considering coronavirus spreads through droplets, please make sure to wash your vegetables and fruits in potassium permanganate solution or you can also wash it with hot water as well for at least 5-10 minutes,” the doctor emphasised.

You can use bleaching powder to clean your home
Stay home as much as possible but there are times when we can’t avoid visits to grocery stores or pharmacies at some point.

“It is advisable to avoid unnecessary to and fro to any market area and stay in house. Disinfect everything you touch thoroughly and make sure that you wash your hands frequently. Also, supervise your pets in the backyard and keep them away from meeting or playing with other people,” said Rajesh Chawla, Senior Consultant, Respiratory Medicine, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi.

Chawla added:

Make use of hypochlorite to clean every corner of your house or make use of bleaching powder to clean your house.

If someone is sick at your home, please make sure that a distance is maintained from that person and his or her clothes should be washed separately.

Use disposable gloves to clean the house and don’t touch your nose or face
“One needs to understand while performing all the above activities, wearing gloves is necessary and when you are giving your clothes for laundry, please use disposable gloves and it is preferred to wash your clothes at home only and avoid any outside contact,” Chawla said.

Dr Sudhish Sehra, HOD, Internal Medicine, Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute in New Delhi said that in addition to frequently sanitizing your hands, keeping the house and your immediate surroundings clean is equally important.

“Start with basic dusting while covering your face with a mask/alternative clothing such as a handkerchief, and disinfect the furniture surfaces and the floor. Clean all kitchen surfaces every time you finish cooking. Keep separate pairs of footwear for outdoors and indoors,” Sehra told IANS.

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If you have elderly in your home then you must sanitize your home right now. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

India has been under a 21-day lockdown in a bid to prevent the spread of covid-19.

The tally of covid-19 cases in India reached 1966 on Thursday, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Of these, 150 people have recovered and discharged from the hospitals, one person migrated while 50 deaths have been reported so far.

So, get up for a home clean up and keep your family away from covid-19 menace.

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