With the Covid-19 crisis officially hitting the expected peak in the United Kingdom, authorities continue to emphasise using common sense precautions. The two most important cleaning habits have remained unchanged since the coronavirus outbreak began:
- Avoiding transmission of the virus through social distancing
- Stepping up your everyday cleanliness and hygiene regime
Whether at work, at home or working from home, there’s much that can be done to keep Covid-19 (and other coronaviruses) at bay. Major authorities like the NHS, the CDC and the WHO are all in agreement when it comes to the importance of health and cleanliness as a protective measure against Covid-19.
Hand sanitiser in the workplace
Every responsible workplace still in operation should provide an abundance of hand sanitiser for employee use.
Experts also advise carrying a supply of hand sanitiser with you at all times, to be used whenever soap and water is not available. According to official WHO guidelines, hand sanitiser needs to have an alcohol content of at least 60% to be effective.
Clean and disinfect surfaces
The importance of acknowledging cleaning and disinfecting as two very different processes are being emphasised worldwide. The difference being as follows:
- Cleaning loosens and removes contaminants from the surface
- Disinfection is about killing pathogens for health and safety
As evidence suggests that surface transmission of Covid-19 can be high on hard surfaces, it’s best to be safe. Experts are advising homes and offices alike to step up their cleaning and disinfecting habits, as a common-sense precaution.
This means first getting to grips with surface contaminants using soapy water or standard cleaning products, before going over everything again with a disinfecting wipe or spray. You’ll see on the bottle or packaging if the product is effective against killing influenza, RSB or SARS virus, which should also be effective against Covid-19.
Prioritise high-touch areas
Both at home and at work, the same areas and surfaces tend to be repetitively touched and interacted with. As these are the areas that are most likely to harbour germs, bacteria and viruses at elevated levels, they should be prioritised and cleaned more regularly.
Examples of which include:
- Computer keyboards and mice
- Telephones and mobile devices
- Light switches and air conditioning controls
- Doorknobs and handles
- Desks, tables and chairs
- Sinks, toilets and bathroom fittings
- Kitchen counters and fridges
- Doorbells and intercom systems
- All types of remote controls
The more often a surface is touched by you or anyone else, the more likely it is to pose a risk of virus transmission.
Washing and disinfecting post and shopping
Debate continues about the risks of Covid-19 transmission from bringing items into the home and office. From everyday letters and parcels to groceries and other purchases, it’s been suggested that these sources could bring the virus into your building.
Indeed, new evidence has shown that the Covid-19 virus can survive for anything from a few hours up to several days on materials like cardboard, plastic and certain fabrics. No formal advice has been provided by the NHS or WHO regarding the cleaning and disinfecting of post and purchases brought indoors, but some doctors and experts nonetheless advise common-sense precautions.
We suggest giving all external packaging a wipe after bringing an external item indoors. Alternatively, dispose of it immediately. Just be sure to give your hands a thorough wash for at least 20 seconds after handling.