As coronavirus cases continue to increase across the country, the CDC is applying guidelines designed to help people stay safe, at home – and in public. From rules of social distancing (at least six feet apart between you and the next person) to regular cleaning and disinfection, the agency says the only way to prevent the disease is by not being exposed to the virus in the first place . Their motto: plan, prepare and react.
There are many think tanks and so-called “guides” outlining what you should and shouldn’t do during the pandemic. But according to the latest CDC guidelines (with the simple title, “Promoting healthy behaviors that reduce the spread”), there are seven main things you should have on hand to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to keep you – and your – safe, and virus-free. Here’s what to put on your list.
1. Disinfectant soap
The disinfectant soap falls under CDC recommendations “Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette”, with notes to “wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds”.
DermaKleen Antiseptic Soap (Two-Pack), 13,98 $, disponible sur Amazon
This two pack of DermaKleen gives you two bottles of antimicrobial hand wash, which promises to kill 99% of germs. It is the same product used in hospitals, nursing homes and medical offices as a safe and effective antiseptic.
The alcohol-free soap does not dry out your hands and DermaKleen says it is safe for all ages. Infused with vitamin E, this hand sanitizing soap kills bacteria while being gentle and hydrating for the hands.
2. Facial fabric coverings
You already know that you should wear a mask, and many states have made it mandatory to use face masks or blankets when entering a public space. The CDC says that “cloth blankets are most essential in times when physical remoteness is difficult (for example, when moving among a crowd or an audience).”
While there are a number of colorful mask options, this set of SHASHI offers you three simple, well-designed masks that are suitable for everyone. Made from cotton jersey in a T-shirt style, the masks are light and breathable, while protecting you from airborne particles and accidental projections. Throw them in the washing machine when you’re done, and they can be easily reused over and over again.
SHASHI fabric face masks (pack of three), $ 30, available at Zappos
3. Household cleaners and disinfectants
The CDC says that you should clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at least daily, or between uses as much as possible. Also don’t forget the door handles and faucets.
This disinfecting and disinfecting spray from Comet helps to break down surface stains and eliminate domestic germs and bacteria. Comet says the formula is safe for floors, sinks, toilets and tubs. It is also safe for fiberglass and porcelain countertops. Take this eight-pack of Staples disinfectant spray while it is still in stock. For extra protection, also take a box of disposable gloves.
Comet disinfectant and disinfectant cleaner (pack of eight), $ 67.09, available at Staples
4. Hand sanitizer
If soap and water are not available, the CDC recommends using a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Press a quarter of the waist between the palms of your hands and rub your hands until they are dry.
When it comes to hand sanitizers, we are big fans of this one from the Israeli skincare brand Maapilim. Developed from fresh ingredients and a rich blend of essential oils, this hand sanitizer tube looks and feels like a luxury hotel that you can’t wait to refuel.
Quick-absorbing hand sanitizer gel leaves no sticky residue and keeps hands soft and smelling clean. Maapilim says the formula naturally kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria. A touch of aloe vera helps keep your hands hydrated; the formula contains 70% alcohol – exceeding the minimum amount recommended by the CDC.
Dark hand sanitizer, $ 10, available and dark
5. Disinfectant wipes
It’s getting harder and harder to find disinfectant wipes online these days (Home Depot sometimes has Clorox wipes in stock), but ZAGG has a pack of 500 individually wrapped disinfectant wipes available for purchase online now . The wipes can be designed for your devices, but they are also ideal for wiping keyboards, counters, door knobs, light fixtures, remote controls, keys and other small items that we come into contact with daily. This formula contains 70% isopropyl alcohol, meeting the guidelines recommended by the CDC for at least 70% alcohol in an effective disinfectant.
ZAGG disinfectant wipes (pack of 500), $ 69.99, available at ZAGG
6. Paper towels
The CDC’s list of “adequate supplies” that households and places of business should have in stock includes soap, water, hand sanitizer, and tissues and towels. Amazon is your best bet to stock up on these basics, but if their inventory is low, we have found paper towels in stock at Staples.
Staples allows you to buy loose paper towels, and this box gives you 12 rolls of two-ply PT with 250 sheets per roll. Staples is also the best place to buy loose toilet paper, and their site offers leading brands like Cottonelle, Scott and Charmin, all in stock and shipped daily.
Coastwide Professional Giant Hand Towel Roll (12-pack), $ 35.29, available at Staples
7. Non-contact bins
A more recent addition to the CDC’s list of “adequate supplies” is a contactless trash can. Open the cover by waving your hand on a sensor; the lid closes automatically after you dispose of your waste. A contactless bin is not only cleaner and less messy, but also more hygienic.
This from iTouchless is a best seller on Amazon. The 13-gallon size is suitable for standard kitchen garbage bags, while the bin has an odor filter to trap odors so they don’t escape the box.
ITouchless 13-gallon trash can with non-contact sensor, $ 71.99, available on Amazon