Keeping in view the Corona pandemic, we all generally tend to bathe or sanitise ourselves when we step inside our homes. Additionally, we can take some precautionary measures to avoid transmission of the Corona virus through surfaces of various objects in our homes. Here is how we can do so:
Corona Virus can be efficiently inactivated by surface disinfection procedures with 62–71% Ethanol or 0.5% Hydrogen Peroxide or 0.1% Sodium Hypochlorite, preferably within a minute of contact.
The Corona virus normally lives on wooden surfaces for 4 days. Most common wooden items in our homes are pieces of furniture like tables and sofas. You can place plastic covers on them because plastic covers can be wiped frequently. The Corona virus lives on plastic for about 2-3 days.
According to an online home furnishing store “Jaipur Fabric ”It would be a good idea to frequently wash your bed sheets and pillow covers.
Most importantly, place aside furniture that you do not require for a few days till the pandemic ends.
On general metallic surfaces, the Corona virus can live upto 5 days; on stainless steel for 2-3 days – this includes utensils and sinks; on Aluminium for 2-8 hours; on Copper for 4 hours. This includes our door handles, they can be sanitised using any of the three solutions mentioned previously.
On ceramic surfaces, the Corona virus can live upto 5 days. Hence one can minimise coming into contact with ceramic surfaces by minimising their use and placing aesthetic items like showpieces inside showcases or at the top of high surfaces like cupboards where we do not come into contact with them. They can be brought back once the pandemic is over.
The Corona virus can live on glass surfaces for upto 5 days. Common glass surfaces include mirrors, windows, drinking glasses. Mirrors and windows can be wiped easily using any of the three solutions.
The virus can live on paper for upto 5 days. It would hence be a good idea to switch to e-newspaper for a few days. It would be a good idea to limit your books to your study space and not place them on other surfaces.
Though it is not advisable to step out of home unless necessary, if you have to, then ring up someone at home when you are about to reach home. They should keep the front door open so that you don’t have to touch the calling bell or door handle and keep sanitiser ready.
Keep things that you need to carry outside home, e.g. vehicle keys, in a box near the door. Wash your hands for a few minutes. Use a sanitiser to wipe the items you have placed in the box. You can also wipe the box.
The real key is to wash objects that can be washed, cover the ones that are tricky to wash or wipe and keep aside objects that are meant only for aesthetic purposes. Ask your family for help by limiting objects to spaces they belong to and not place them on multiple surfaces. And clean but do not panic, stay hopeful, stay helpful.