Based on what is currently known about COVID-19, the risk of picking up the virus from surfaces is much lower than that of catching it from another person. However, infection can occur this way, as the virus can live on certain surfaces such as plastic and stainless steel for as long as three days. Here are some tips for disinfecting your home.
Sanitize high-touch surfaces every day
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you clean and sanitize the high-touch surfaces in your home daily. This includes:
- Table surfaces
- Kitchen and bathroom counters
- Toilet seats and handles
- Hard chairs
- Light switches
- TV remotes
- Kids’ toys
- Game controllers
- Computer mice and keyboards
However, every home is different, so think about which surfaces you have the most contact with and create a daily checklist.
Disinfect any groceries you bring into your home
First and foremost, always wash your hands before sitting down to eat any food. This will do the most to prevent virus transmission via groceries. However, there are some extra precautions you can take if you’re worried about food containers carrying the virus, including:
- Wiping down cans, jars and other containers with a disinfectant
- Removing and throwing away nonessential outer packaging
- Setting aside non-perishable food for a few days before using them
If you use reusable grocery bags, it’s a good idea to wash them when you return from the store. Cloth bags can be washed using warm water and detergent and plastic bags can be wiped down.
Temporarily set aside mail
The coronavirus can live on cardboard and paper for about 24 hours, so it’s wise to set mail aside for a day or two.
Use the right disinfectant
Not all disinfecting products are effective at killing the coronavirus. Refer to the Health Canada website for a list of disinfectants that are effective against COVID-19.
Of course, it may be difficult for some people to get their hands on these products during the pandemic. Fortunately, there are some homemade cleaning products that will do the job, such as a solution of diluted household bleach or an alcohol solution with at least 70% alcohol. For more information on making homemade disinfectants, refer to the CDC website.
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