Cleaning, hygiene tips to tackle Covid-19 at home
EDITOR — Cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces in your home regularly is an important precaution to lower the risk of infection.
Follow cleaning product instructions for safe and effective use, including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation. Some national authorities have made lists of recommended products for use against the Covid-19 virus.
High-touch surfaces to clean and disinfect: Every home is different, but common high-touch surfaces include: Door handles, tables, chairs, handrails, kitchen and bathroom surfaces, taps, toilets, light switches, mobile phones, computers, tablets, keyboards, remote controls, game controllers and favourite toys.
What to use to clean and disinfect: If a surface is dirty, first clean it with soap or detergent and water. Then use a disinfectant product containing alcohol (of around 70 percent) or bleach. Vinegar and other natural products are not recommended. In some places it can be difficult to find disinfectant sprays and wipes. In such cases, continue to clean with soap and water.
Diluted household bleach solutions may also be used on some surfaces.
How to disinfect: It’s important not to wipe cleaning solutions off as soon as you’ve applied it to a surface.
Many disinfectant products, such as wipes and sprays, need to stay wet on a surface for several minutes in order to be effective. Always read the directions to make sure you’re using the products as recommended and to avoid damaging sensitive items such as mobile phones and other electronic devices.
Consider using wipeable covers for electronics. It is currently unclear how long the Covid-19 virus can survive on fabric, but many items of clothing have plastic and metal elements on which it might live for a few hours to several days.