Trying to disinfect your home amid the Coronavirus Pandemic can be nerve-wracking. But it’s an important action to take to reduce the possibility of the spread of infection. Today we will discuss the novel Covid-19 and some ways to protect yourself.
The global coronavirus outbreak has people everywhere scrambling to engage in measures that will protect themselves, their loved ones, and their homes against contamination. Officials in the public health industry are now recommending that individuals increase the overall frequency of cleaning, utilizing disinfectant agents and products that are known to be effective in the elimination of coronaviruses, and taking personal protective measures to safeguard the body against infection.
In this guide, you will be introduced to measures that will aid in the cleaning and disinfection of your home amid the pandemic to reduce the possibility that you and your loved ones may become infected.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 stands for “Coronavirus Disease” that was discovered in 2019. It is an infectious disease that stems from a novel (new) coronavirus. It results in a respiratory illness that is similar to the flu. It causes a wide variety of symptoms in those that contract the illness. Examples include – but are not limited to – fever, cough, breathing complications, loss of smell, loss of taste, gastrointestinal complications, headache, muscle aches, chills, sweating, pink eye, swelling around the eyes, and loss of appetite.
While it is possible to overcome the illness successfully, thousands of people – worldwide – have lost their life due to the illness. The risks are highest for those that suffer from co-morbidities such as asthma and other lung diseases, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, underlying heart disease, and those that have a compromised immune system due to another illness.
How is the COVID-19 Coronavirus Spread?
While it is true that officials do not – yet – fully understand all the details of the coronavirus and its modes of transmission, a lot has been learned about the illness.
To date, we know that the disease is primarily spread through the liquid droplets that are created when an individual that is infected sneezes and/or coughs.
Additionally, it may be spread through saliva and from any discharge emitted from the nose.
In addition to respiratory transmission, contact transmission, and aerosol transmission, a person may become infected by coming in contact with a contaminated surface and then touching any area of the face. From there, the virus may enter the body through the eyes, nose, and/or the mouth.
How Long Does the Coronavirus Live on Surfaces?
Research is still being conducted on exactly how long the COVID-19 coronavirus is able to continue to live on surfaces; however, professionals and researchers believe that it behaves much like previous coronaviruses that have emerged. Based on this information, the virus has the capability of living on surfaces from as little as a few hours to several days. Below, we have outlined the averages that are believed to accurately represent COVID-19’s ability to remain active on surfaces:
- Paper – It has been estimated that it likely only lives for a few minutes on paper; however, there have been coronaviruses that have successfully lived on paper products for up to a period of 5 days.
- Metal – For items composed of metal – such as silverware and even jewelry – it is believed that the virus has the capability of living up to 5 days.
- Wood – Wood items such as furniture and walls may retain the virus in an active state for up to 4 days.
- Ceramic – On ceramic items – such as dishes and mugs – it is believed that the virus can live up to 5 days.
- Plastic – On plastic items – such as containers for beverages, bottles for detergents, seats, and buttons like that on elevators – the virus may live up to 3 days.
- Glass – Glass items such as windows, drinking glasses, eye glasses, measuring cups, mirrors, and similar items may harbor the virus up to 5 days.
- Stainless Steel – Items composed of stainless steel, like cookware, appliances, and certain types of bottles may hold the virus for up to 3 days.
- Aluminum – Tin foil, cans, and similar items composed of aluminum may hold the active coronavirus for up to 8 hours.
- Cardboard – Items that are made of cardboard such as boxes used to delivery food or shipping boxes delivered to homes may harbor the live coronavirus for up to 24 hours or 1 day.
- Copper – Cookware, bakeware, pennies, and other items made of copper may have an active infection present for up to 4 hours.
- Water – No information is currently available due to the fact that the virus has not been identified in drinking water.
- Food – No information seems to be available for the active virus on food items; however, recommendations have been made that all fruits and vegetables purchased be washed thorough, boxed and canned foods be wiped down, and if the immune system is low, frozen and/or only canned items should be purchased.
What Can Be Done to Disinfect Your Home
To avoid being exposed to a potentially live virus, you should make certain that you disinfect your home with focus on all surfaces that are frequently touched.
This includes tables, countertops, doorknobs, light switches, plumbing fixtures, toilets, appliances, keyboards, phones, remote controls, and items that are commonly used.
You may use disinfectant products that are appropriate for the surface that you are cleaning, such as Clorox wipes, bleach, and similar items. It is important to use caution as these items may pose health hazards if you are exposed. This is especially true if you suffer from respiratory conditions.
In addition to this, you may choose to have professional disinfectant services performed in your home. These services may use disinfectant cleansing agents. They may also use germicidal UV lighting or heat systems that are capable of thoroughly cleaning all surfaces. These systems eliminate viruses and other illnesses that may be lingering within the home.
If you are interested in these types of services, we are willing to assist you. When coming into your home, we will follow all safety guidelines to keep you, your loved ones, and your home safe. If you would like to learn more about home disinfectant services, you may contact us today by calling: 765-259-0043