Panic from the spread of coronaviruses grows into hysteria. So far we have seen something unprecedented – people stock up on disinfectants and medicines, which naturally leads to empty storefronts.
Unless you are one of those who take the situation as martial law, you may have noticed that apart from disinfectants, liquid soaps, antibacterial alcohol wipes, and all similar supplies have disappeared from the shelves. Then how do you clean your home of possible pathogens and viruses?
Today we will share with you the recommendations of hygiene experts.
For surface cleaning to destroy the coronavirus, look for products that have “disinfectant” on the label and include an EPA registration number.
For many people, staying safe from the new coronavirus means staying home. But contagious germs can also live in your house.
To reduce the risk of disease, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends taking measures to disinfect high-touch surfaces such as countertops, door handles, cell phones, and toilet flush handles, as some pathogens may live on surfaces and for several hours.
In recent days there has been a lack of bleach and other cleansers. Mr. Sansoni says manufacturers have increased production to keep up with demand. However, he warns against overusing chemical cleaners and, worse, mixing cleaners in the hope of increasing their efficiency.
“You don’t have to panic,” he says. Just read the labels on everyday products to clean and disinfect the right way. “They will do what they are supposed to do.”
Here are some other tips for staying safe at home:
The CDC recommends vigorously washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. As a backup, use hand cleaners containing at least 60% alcohol.
The Environmental Protection Agency recently released a list of approved coronavirus killing disinfectants. For surface cleaning, look for products such as wipes, sprays, and concentrates that have a “disinfectant” label on them and include an EPA registration number.
For domestic disinfectants, the CDC recommends mixing a quarter-cup of household chlorine bleach with one gallon of cool water.
After disinfecting food preparation surfaces such as cutting boards and countertops, rinse them with water before use.
Use laundry detergent and bleach (for white load) or peroxide or colored bleach (for colors) to kill germs. (Be sure to read clothing labels to avoid damaging your clothing.) To enhance the effect, some washing machines have set up sanitary or steam settings that kill germs. Drying the laundry on a hot dryer cycle for 45 minutes is also effective.
If possible, use dishwashers on the cleaning cycle. NSF International-certified machines, formerly known as the National Sanitary Foundation, must reach a final rinse temperature of 150 degrees and achieve a minimum 99.999% reduction in bacteria when acting on that cycle.
Household air purifiers and filters that advertise the ability to kill or capture viruses may be useful but should not be a substitute for cleaning. Some purifiers use ultraviolet light, which has been shown to have bacterial effects, but their overall performance may vary depending on their design, according to a technical summary of a 2018 household air purifier according to the EPA. Although some filters advertise the ability to capture things like viruses, smoke, and common allergens, they do not necessarily kill microorganisms.