The corona virus as brought a new awareness to many people of the importance to maintain the right amount of personal safety distances from others and to always wash your hands properly. The use of hand sanitisers is now at an all time high with many establishments such as shops, malls and restaurants asking people to use the free hand sanitisers they supply before they enter the premises.

Health authorities are advising people in areas where there are many people affected with COVID-19 to change their clothing before returning to their homes or at least wear an outer layer that they can easily discard for proper cleaning before they enter their homes and use hand sanitisers. This sounds extreme, but as the corona virus is mainly spread by saliva particles, it is a sensible precaution to take to safeguard your family. This is especially important if your home and family are under quarantine and only one person is allowed to leave to get essential food or medical items.

It’s also vital to know when you need to disinfect your house to prevent the spread of such things as corona virus as well other dangerous bacterial infections. If no one in your household has been diagnosed with, and are showing any of the symptoms of corona virus or been in any area where they are likely to have been in contact with the corona virus then it’s much less likely that the surfaces of your home will have the virus living on them. But it’s important to understand that the virus is airborne and can spread quickly so there is a substantial risk, it could be carried into your home by anyone entering it.

To counteract the possibility of the virus spreading into your home, the best course of action is to disinfect all surfaces that people come into contact regularly. When any person enters your home, this is the time you need to be more careful and ensure they are properly disinfected and so are any areas they come into contact with.

Disinfecting times

At the moment it’s still unclear how long the virus will survive on different surfaces and the conditions which help it survive. Estimates range from several days to several weeks depending on the temperature and other climatic conditions as well as the type of surface. It is also unclear how much of the virus is needed to transfer the infection from one person to another.

This suggests that it is wise to disinfect regularly touched areas frequently throughout the day, areas such as:

  • Door and window handles
  • Handrails
  • Keyboards
  • Remote controls
  • Phones
  • Light switches
  • Tables and the areas of chairs where they are handled while moving
  • Commonly used areas in Bathrooms and kitchens
  • Car steering wheels
  • Children’s toys
  • Extra care when handling money
  • Floor areas inside your home, especially if outside shoes are worn inside or pets are allowed inside
  • Doorways should be disinfected every time someone enters your home

It’s recommended that hand sanitisers are used and the surfaces inside your home people come into contact with are disinfected at least several times a day. When anyone enters your home, it’s also recommended they remove their outer layer of clothing including shoes and all the areas they contact are thoroughly disinfected.