You may have noticed a lot of people, businesses, and regular employees doing a lot of extra cleaning and disinfecting these days. In this coronavirus era, we need to do this and keep doing it on a regular basis.
There is a lot of home isolation and shelter-in-place activities in many states or countries. With people at home, they need something to do.
One task that needs to be done is cleaning. Here are some suggestions for you and your family:
- Disinfect things that people touch, like doorknobs and handles
- Deep clean areas like bathrooms and laundry rooms
- Wash sheets and blankets
- Find clothes that were used in places of public transit and make sure those are cleaned right away
- Clean out the refrigerator and freezer
- Go through your vehicles and disinfect the interior and exterior surfaces that are touched by humans
- Vacuum your carpets
- Super clean anything that is touched by shoes worn outside
- Try not to wear shoes inside the house
What about going forward, after things return to normal? If that happens one day after this world-wide crisis, then yes you need to make sure cleaning is part of your regular routine. This should happen wherever you go, from home, to your commute, to your places of employment.
Think of all the places you touch things that others touch:
- Elevator buttons
- Car doors and handles
- Hands during handshakes
- Train straps or rails
- Restaurant or cafe doors or condiment containers
- Shopping carts
Now think of what you touch next:
- Your nose
- Your face
- Your other hands or body parts
As you can see, it is very easy for germs, bacteria, or other infectious items to be passed this way and that. And then when people cough or sneeze in enclosed places, all of that lingers in the air waiting to be inhaled or exhaled some more.
Do your part and really clean your house, your cars and trucks, and anything that you touch. Then make an effort to look out for things outside your home that you might contact. We can all do our parts to make cleaning an essential and integral part of our daily routine.