How to Protect Your Home Amid COVID-19
Things you can do to protect you and your family from viruses and bacteria during the current pandemic.
When Going Out
1. Wear Masks or Face Coverings
When going out, make sure you cover your face with a mask or face covering. According to CDC, “face-coverings can slow the spread of the virus” and help people, who may have the virus, from transmitting it to others.
2. Carry Hand Sanitizer With You
CDC recommends using “a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol” if soap and water are not readily available. Cover all surfaces of your hands with hand sanitizer and rub them together until they feel dry.
3. Keep At Least 6-Feet Social Distancing
People without symptoms can still spread the virus. Stay 6-feet away while social distancing from other people when in public spaces. Stay away from crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.
When At Home
1. Wash Your Hand for 20 Seconds
After returning home, blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, and also before eating or preparing food, “wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds”. “Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth” with unwashed hands.
2. Take Off Face Covering with Only Clean Hands
Remember your face coverings are potentially carrying bacterial and viruses. Make sure you “take off your face covering with only clean hands”. If you're wearing a disposable mask, make sure to dispose of the mask into trash cans or store them in a zip lock bag. If you're wearing a cloth mask, wash after using them. After taking off your mask, wash your hand with soap and water for 20 seconds again.
3. Wipe and Disinfect Your Personal Belongings, Door Handles, and Everything You Bring Home
To avoid bringing viruses and bacteria to your home, it's important to cut off all potential contact with viruses or bacteria. Everything you have touched when you're out should be wiped down or disinfected, including inside your car, your phone, wallet, keys, glasses, and door handles...etc.
If you brought groceries or received packages, make sure to wipe down the packaging in open spaces and only bring the items inside your home that have been cleaned properly.
4. Make Cleaning or Disinfecting A Routine
Clean and disinfect all high-touch surfaces daily, including door handles, tables, desks, light switches, countertops, phones, toilets, sink, faucets, and chairs. Make it your routine to clean regularly. Always clean when things are dirty or being touched frequently.
Use EPA Registered Disinfectants or Disinfectants which contain EPA Registered Ingredients to fight against COVID-19. (https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2-covid-19)
5. Wear Disposable Gloves while Cleaning
To avoid contact with viruses or bacteria, wear disposable gloves while cleaning. Wearing gloves can help prevent skin damage from chemicals. Also, wear gloves when caring for someone who is sick. Wash hands after removing gloves.
6. If You Feel Sick...
Monitor your symptoms, follow CDC Guidelines, and contact your doctor as needed.