Follow our guide to keep your home free of coronavirus while the lock starts to relax

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As the lock starts to loosen, we now run an increased risk of getting the virus and getting it into our homes, so it’s never been more important to take steps to make sure your home is meticulously virus-free to minimize your risk of spreading infection among other members of your household. By filling your fridge with food that boosts immunity, opening windows and wiping your cell phone regularly, we show you how to make sure your home remains a safe, Covid-free area.

COOKED

Cleaning

Disinfect frequently touched surfaces (doorknobs and kitchen counters).

You can wipe with a diluted bleach-based disinfectant, but an alcohol-based cleaner or soapy water can be just as effective because the soap breaks down and destroys the outer shell of the virus.

Cleaning cloths and sponges are probably not carriers of Covid, but they are the largest reservoir of germs in your whole house. So wash them in a bleach-based disinfectant.

From filling your fridge with food that boosts immunity, opening windows and wiping your cell phone regularly, we show you how to make sure your home stays safe and Covid-free

By filling your fridge with food that boosts immunity, opening windows and wiping your cell phone regularly, we show you how to make sure your home stays safe and Covid-free

Purchases

Ordering a food delivery is a safer option than going to a supermarket – but it’s not entirely without risk.

If the person who picked up your order contaminated their hands, the virus could spread to your food packaging.

However, the coronavirus does not replicate outside the body, so by the time your food is delivered, it probably has become less infectious.

We also have good evidence that just ten minutes in the sun will kill most viruses on most surfaces, so you can leave packages in the sun for a short time.

If you go to the supermarket, wear a mask.

Try to avoid touching your face while shopping, and if you are driving, wipe your hands when you leave the store.

Disinfect frequently touched surfaces (doorknobs and kitchen counters)

Disinfect frequently touched surfaces (doorknobs and kitchen counters)

Cups and plates

If someone in your household becomes sick, keep a separate set of plates and cutlery for them and wash them separately.

Washing clothes

The virus can survive for two to three days indoors on plastic and stainless steel, but it does not live as long on porous fabric surfaces (such as clothing and furniture).

Holes in textiles trap the coronavirus and prevent its transfer so easily.

However, the hygiene experts I spoke to recommend washing clothes more than we normally would.

If you are concerned that you may have been in contact with an infected person, then wash your clothes at 60 ° C.

Be careful not to shake the clothes before putting them in the machine as this could disperse virus particles.

If a member of your household becomes ill, keep a separate set of plates and cutlery and wash them separately

If someone in your household gets sick, keep them a separate set of plates and cutlery and wash them separately

Disposable masks should be put away after use and homemade masks should be washed after each use.

Fridge

Make sure to empty your fridge of tempting sugary snacks that help you gain weight.

Being overweight greatly increases your risk of complications if you take Covid-19.

Instead, supplement it with foods that boost immunity.

Our favorites are red peppers, which contain three times more vitamin C than an orange. Also try live yogurt and fatty fish.

The virus can theoretically last 24 hours on cardboard, but mail and packages are not considered to be a high-risk transmission route.

The virus can theoretically last 24 hours on cardboard, but mail and packages are not considered to be a high-risk transmission route.

ENTRANCE HALL

Outerwear

If you are doing high-risk work, such as nursing, or if you are a taxi driver, you may want to put a box near your front door for outdoor shoes and jackets.

This means that you can remove potentially infected outer clothing as soon as you return home.

Publish

The virus can theoretically last 24 hours on cardboard, but mail and packages are not considered a high-risk route of transmission.

Ask the person delivering them to keep their distance, to wash their hands after opening, and then to discard the packaging.

Mobiles

Unlike hands – which we hope are regularly washed – almost three-quarters of people have never cleaned their phones.

A study in the Journal of Travel Medicine And Infectious Disease found that 68% of cell phones are infected with viruses and bacteria, including some phones that harbor antibiotic-resistant insects.

Unlike hands, which we hope are regularly washed, almost three-quarters of people have never cleaned their phones.

Unlike hands – which hopefully are washed regularly – almost three-quarters of people have never cleaned their phones

The report concluded that our cell phones could have “a large and largely unknown impact on the spread of infections in the community.”

Apple recommends Clorox disinfectant wipes, but anything containing more than 70% alcohol will work fine. Do not use water or bleach.

Bags

Keep your bag on your lap when using public transportation.

Regularly wipe your purse or wallet with an alcohol-based wipe, and wash or disinfect your hands before applying lip balm or moving makeup to avoid introducing germs that could be placed on these items in your eyes or mouth.

Keep all food in a sealed bag or box and wash or disinfect your hands before eating.

Although the risk of detecting or transferring the virus to a bank card is low, it is advisable to clean the cards once a week.

Regularly wipe your purse or wallet with an alcohol-based wipe, and wash or disinfect your hands before applying lip balm or moving makeup to avoid introducing germs that may have settled on these items in the eyes or mouth

Regularly wipe your purse or wallet with an alcohol-based wipe, and wash or disinfect your hands before applying lip balm or moving makeup to avoid introducing germs that may have settled on these items in the eyes or mouth

Down the toilet

Now we can have fun outside, it may be necessary for family or friends to use the restroom.

Wipe all surfaces, including flush levers and faucets, with a bleach solution or disinfectant spray before guests arrive and change the towel.

Do the same when they leave, washing the towels at 60c. There is no need to clean the toilet every time.

BEDROOM

the Windows

Open windows / doors whenever possible. Government advice indicates that the virus is less likely to be transmitted in well-ventilated buildings and outdoors.

Now it’s warmer, leave the windows and doors open.

Virus droplets disperse quickly in fresh air and small particles that float in the air after an infected person coughs or sneezes dry faster in a breeze.

Garbage

If someone in your house is sick, ask them to put tissues or wipes in a garbage bag and tie the top. Keep it separate from other waste for 72 hours before putting it in the household trash.

Sweeter Dreams

Wash the sheets regularly at 60c (90c for whites).

If someone in your house has symptoms, ask them to put dirty bed linen and towels in a bag and wait 72 hours before washing them.

Leave clean laundry outside their room. Wash hands after touching objects in their room

LIVING ROOM

TV remote controls

Just like your mobile phone, a TV remote control and gaming handsets can contain insects, so try them occasionally with disinfectant.

House plants

I love indoor plants and it has been proven that they can improve the air quality in any room.

There is even a list of the best “air purifying” plants designed by NASA scientists who discovered that indoor plants are not only good for absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen, but can also remove volatile organic pollutants from the air, such as benzene and xylene, found in furniture, cleaning products and air fresheners.

Just like your mobile phone, a TV remote control and gaming handsets can contain bugs, so try them occasionally with a disinfectant

Just like your mobile phone, a TV remote control and gaming handsets can contain bugs, so try them occasionally with a disinfectant

English ivy (or common ivy), snake plants, aloe vera and broadleaf palms were all on the list. If you have breathing problems, plants are excellent moisture regulators for our centrally heated dry houses.

Whether the air is dry or your room tends to be humid, plants help balance humidity levels. Humidity and good indoor air circulation have been shown to help prevent the spread of viruses.

Home office

Keyboards and shared laptops and tablets are a potential source of cross-infection, so try them occasionally. Use an alcohol-based wipe or dry cloth with a disinfectant spray.

Books, magazines and newspapers

The virus cannot be transmitted through the newspapers, but avoid licking your finger when you turn the pages (in case you are transferring particles of virus that you may have picked up elsewhere in your mouth).

Glasses of wine

The odd glass of wine is fine, but drinking too much will have an impact on your immunity (alcohol abuse is linked to an increased incidence of infectious diseases).

Odd glass of wine is fine, but drinking too much will affect your immunity

Odd glass of wine is fine, but drinking too much will affect your immunity

BATHROOM

Hand washing

The key to protecting your home and loved ones is to wash your hands thoroughly when you return from the outside.

I’m sure you know the drill by now, but if not, you should lather your hands, rub your back and between your fingers, “scrape” each palm with the nails of the other hand to get soap under them. nails.

Continue for 20 seconds (or as long as it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice). Then rinse your hands under clean running water.

I like to wash my hands regularly throughout the day (after each visit to the toilet, before cooking, before eating and after wearing a face mask). It’s a good habit to get in.

Continue for 20 seconds (or as long as it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice). Then rinse your hands with clean running water

Continue for 20 seconds (or as long as it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice). Then rinse your hands with clean running water

The key to protecting your home and loved ones is to wash your hands thoroughly when you return from the outside

The key to protecting your home and loved ones is to wash your hands thoroughly when you return from the outside

Bathroom scales

Weigh yourself every week to find out if your weight is increasing. In addition to long-term health problems, being overweight increases the risk of complications from Covid19. It is much easier to bring back the right diets if you are monitoring your weight.

Shower bath

The virus does not stick well to hair, so there is no need to wash your hair after being outside, but tie up long hair so that you are less likely to touch your face.

Take a shower every day, as usual, but make sure everyone in the house has their own towel, which is washed regularly at 60 ° C.

If someone in your family has the virus, try to confine them to their own bathroom if possible, or be sure to wipe all surfaces, including faucets and flushing with a bleach solution.

In addition to long-term health problems, being overweight increases the risk of complications from Covid19

In addition to long-term health problems, being overweight increases the risk of complications from Covid19

Be careful to wipe down all surfaces, including faucets and flushing with a bleach solution if a family member contracts the virus.

Be careful to wipe down all surfaces, including faucets and flushing with a bleach solution if a family member contracts the virus.

… AND OUTSIDE

Your car

Keep a bottle of hand sanitizer in your glove compartment for on-the-go cleaning.

A pack of disinfectant wipes is also handy so you can wipe the gear lever and steering wheel, doorknobs and all commonly used buttons when you return to the car after getting out if you or a family member has been able to be in contact with the virus.

This will prevent particles from getting out of your hands into the car and potentially being brought into your home with you when you return home.

Ideally, don’t share a car trip with anyone outside your close family group, unless you absolutely have to.

If you have to travel with someone else, use a face mask and keep a window open when driving.

According to the Office for National Statistics, security guards and taxi drivers are the workers most at risk of dying from Covid-19. It is difficult to keep a safe distance in a car.

A pack of disinfectant wipes is also handy so you can wipe down the shifter and steering wheel, door handles and all commonly used buttons

A pack of disinfectant wipes is also handy for wiping the gear lever and steering wheel, door handles and all commonly used buttons

Garden & Patio

If you are lucky enough to have a garden, take advantage of it to enjoy the sun.

Even if you wear a tanning lotion, it’s the best way to fill up on vitamin D, which will likely be depleted after a long winter.

Vitamin D is important for developing and regulating your immune system.

Getting a UV light spray in the morning is also a great way to set your circadian clock, which ensures good restful sleep.

Sunlight, as I mentioned earlier, is a great way to kill any virus found on packaging or other surfaces, mainly because the ultraviolet end of the light spectrum breaks its vulnerable genetic material.

So enjoy the sun safely this summer!

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