While COVID-19 cases have declined significantly since the beginning of the year, there seems to be a threat of resurgence and a second, more serious wave in many states. Now it is equally important to make sure you keep your home as virus-free as possible. Lifting restrictions in many states does not mean the virus is any less dangerous. In fact, the longer researchers study the virus, the more evident COVID-19 can survive on surfaces such as cardboard, plastic, and steel. More importantly, it turned out that about 42 percent of Arabians did not clean surfaces properly.
The latest information on the longevity of COVID-19 found that it can last for 24 hours on cardboard and 48 to 72 hours on plastic and stainless steel. It depends on a number of factors such as time, temperature and whether the surface is prone to retaining moisture. Generally, the virus thrives in hot and humid conditions. Regardless of the temperature and surfaces in your home, there are steps you can take to slow the spread of the virus.
Disinfect at the door
Kill as many germs in the door as possible. This means disinfecting every time you come home. Keep your shoes away from home, disinfect your hands and phone, avoid food in containers, etc. Clean it up. Of course, DO NOT disinfect fresh vegetables as it can make you sick. It is also a good idea to avoid touching any new products you purchase for a day or two to help reduce the number of viruses. While the researchers found that the virus can survive up to 72 hours on some surfaces, the virus load decreased significantly after a day.
In addition to disinfecting your purchased items, it is also a good idea to take your clothes off right away and throw them in the laundry room. COVID-19 can survive on porous fabrics and surfaces, so replace it with something clean as soon as you get home. To prevent your clean clothes from getting infected, make sure you put your dirty clothes in the laundry, not in the drawers.
Clean all surfaces
One nice thing about living in a small apartment in Dubai is that there aren’t many surfaces to sterilize. Pay close attention to frequently touched surfaces such as knobs and handles, light switches, countertops and faucets. COVID-19 is the perfect excuse to do a deep cleanse, so there’s no better time to start. When cleaning surfaces first, prepare 5 tablespoons of bleach solution per gallon of water. Use an old dish towel or t-shirt and give your home a really nice scrub. Don’t forget to buy the floors!
After the first cleaning, you can create a diluted bleach solution in a spray bottle and then clean the surfaces you frequently interact with, i.e. doorknobs / handles, switches, faucets, tables and countertops. It is a good idea to clean at least once a day.
Start a hand washing protocol
Washing your hands is the most effective way to combat the spread of COVID-19 at home. While you always need to wash your hands when you come home from the outside (especially when you live in Dubai), with COVID-19 it’s now twice as important. Even if you use disinfectant to disinfect your hands when you get home, it is essential that you wash them later to get rid of the disinfectant and eliminate the virus.
Remember to wash your hands thoroughly with lukewarm water for about 30 seconds. Make sure to place every inch of your hands between your fingers and under your nails as much as possible. Avoid touching your face as much as possible, even at home, even after washing your hands. Make sure all members of your family, including children in your family, wash their hands when they come home.
Create a cleaning program
If you don’t have a schedule yet, it’s time to start. If there is more than one person in the apartment, such as family members or roommates, you can change tasks for different people so that one person does not always clean. How often you clean depends on how old everyone is and their profession. If someone in the circle is a healthcare worker, they need to clean more aggressively and more often.
In general, you should vacuum and wash your clothes at least two to three times a week. Phones should be disinfected three to four times a day and you should brush them at least twice a week. Surfaces should be cleaned at least three or four times a day. It might sound like a lot, but it won’t last very long, especially if you have wet wipes or a disinfectant spray.