Tuesday, we considered what we should do now – business strategies. Wednesday, we reviewed what we should do – work-at-home tips. Today, we examine what we should do now – cleanliness. Tomorrow, we highlight what we should do now – activities to stay occupied.

 

Food for Thought: What We Should Do Now – Cleanliness

The number one COVID-19 tip is overwhelmingly related to cleanliness. By washing our hands regularly for at least 20 seconds. By reducing how often we touch our faces. by washing down surfaces we and others touch. Even by cleaning our cell phones. And more!

On March 16, 2020, Futurity ran an article on the importance of cleanliness from Neal Buccino of Rutgers University. For us to learn more, these are some highlights from that article:

    • “The CDC recommends daily disinfection for frequently touched surfaces such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. In addition, the CDC recommends the use of detergent or soap and water on dirty surfaces prior to disinfection.”
    • “Whatever cleaning solution you use, let it remain in contact with the surface long enough to kill viruses and other pathogens. Keep in mind that the time depends on the chemical. Furthermore, don’t use different cleaning agents at the same time. Indeed, some, if mixed, can create dangerous and poisonous gases.”
    • “Bleach can be diluted with cold water to make an effective disinfectant against bacteria, fungi, and many viruses — including coronaviruses. Thus, be sure to follow the directions on the label of your bleach.”
    • “You can dilute alcohol with water (or aloe vera to make hand sanitizer) but be sure to keep an alcohol concentration of around 70% to kill coronaviruses. Many hand sanitizers have a concentration of about 60% alcohol. And Lysol contains about 80%. These are all effective against coronaviruses.”
    • “Vinegar, tea tree oil, and other natural products are not recommended for fighting coronaviruses.”

To read more at Futurity, click the image.

What We Should Do Now - Cleanliness
“Whatever cleaning solution you use, let it remain in contact with the surface long enough to kill viruses and other pathogens. The time needed will depend on the chemical.” (Credit: Getty Images)

 

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