By now you will have heard of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) explains it as a new strain of a virus belonging to the same family, or types of viruses, that cause illness ranging from the common cold through to the more extreme Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
As we follow the development of the virus it pays to stay alert to the steps you can take at home to P-R-O-T-E-C-T your family.
Prevention is critical to containing a virus, as viruses are difficult to cure. When it comes to the home, ensuring you have an optimal germ kill at your disposal is a priority.
Remove germs from all commonly touched surfaces in your home using a highly effective agent likd bleach, as recommended by the Centre for Disease Control. This includes taps, toilets, tables, kitchen counters, door handles and floors. Use a disinfectant wipes for items such as bathroom vanities, mobile phones, computer keyboards and mouses.
Observe your family for the following symptoms given by the NHS, which include a dry, continuous cough, a high temperature and a loss of taste or smell. Runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, fever or a general feeling of being unwell can also be symptoms. Do not hesitate to seek medical advice if they show any of these symptoms.
Take hand sanitiser with you when you’re out, preferably one with high alcohol content (min 60%). Ensure your family thoroughly covers their hands with it after they have come into contact with high use areas such as door handles, public toilets or menus in restaurants.
Ensure hand washing with soap is a priority. Before and after the toilet, before and after meals, and when you come in from outside. Washing hands for up to a minute is highly effective. If anyone in the family does become ill, avoid sharing towels, facecloths, toothbrushes and eating utensils and wash clothes separately at a higher temperature (at least 60ºC) to avoid the spread of viruses in the home.
Contain anything in your home that comes into contact with human waste; tissues go straight into lined bins, toilet waste is removed from all surfaces and disinfected with bleach, toilet paper is properly flushed. After sneezing, germs can travel up to 3 metres spreading unwanted infections, so cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough and wash your hands straight away.
Tell everyone the steps they can take to protect your home and encourage them to do the same – preventing the spread of a virus is a group effort.
For continuously updated information on the coronavirus, we recommend getting information directly from the WHO site, which is working globally to manage and contain the spread of the viral infection.
The information in this article is accurate at the time of publishing. However, as the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve, it’s possible that some guidance may have changed since publication. While Cleanipedia is trying to keep our content as up-to-date as possible, we also encourage readers to stay informed on news and recommendations by using GOV UK and NHS.