What You Need to Know About Cleaning for Coronavirus
There has been a significant amount of concern raised recently about COVID-19, a relatively recently discovered disease caused by a type of virus known as a coronavirus. A lot is still unknown about the virus and the disease it causes, and this is causing some people a great deal of anxiety. Major conferences and events have been canceled, people are trying to buy up supplies (even if they shouldn't) and the internet is filled with memes teaching people how to wash their hands.
COVID-19 has the potential to be a serious illness. Here is some info that can help you protect yourself, especially if you're confused by some of the contradicting advice that you might have seen online.
What is COVID-19?
Even though it's mostly referred to simply as "coronoavirus", the virus that causes COVID-19 is actually a novel coronavirus that's been designated 'SARS-CoV-2" and sometimes referred to as "2019-nCoV". COVID-19 itself is a potentially severe respiratory illness that typically presents with fever, cough and difficulty breathing. While most people who become infected with COVID-19 recover, the disease can be severe and even fatal. Those at greatest risk from COVID-19 are individuals older that 60 years of age and those with preexisting conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or cancer.
Decluttering to Prevent Illness
If you want to clean up and prevent coronavirus infection, a good first step is to declutter your home. This will eliminate surfaces where the virus could linger, making it easier to disinfect your home and keep it clean. Decluttering can also have a positive effect on mental health and anxiety levels, which can improve your overall well being and even provide a bit of a boost to the immune system.
The US Centers for Disease Control recommend disinfecting surfaces with regular household disinfectant wipes and sprays, While many of these have not been tested specifically for use against COVID-19, they are effective against some other common coronaviruses and are likely to at least reduce infectiousness, if not kill the virus completely. Other household cleaners and disinfecting practices are also likely to be at least partially effective.
One of the best defenses against COVID-19 is good handwashing practices. As such, make sure that you have soap available by every sink and clean towels ready for use after washing your hands Printing out a guide to proper handwashing and placing it near your sinks can also be a good idea, especially if you have young children who are still learning how to wash their hands properly. If you have any, having hand sanititzer available for times when you can't wash your hands is also helpful.
Perhaps the most important thing to remember is that you shouldn't panic. Don't stockpile supplies that you don't need, buy sensible amounts of the things that you do need, and take reasonable steps, like avoiding large crowds and not shaking hands. One of the best ways to stay safe from COVID-19 is to keep yourself clean, keep your home clean and apply some common sense to your preparation for this disease.
For more information on what we are doing to keep our clients safe during these uncertain times, please contact The Prime Time Home Team at (813) 359-0880.
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