By now, you will have heard of the Coronavirus. The World Health Organisation (WHO) describes it as a new strain of virus belonging to the same family, or types of viruses, that cause illness ranging from the common cold through to the more extreme Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
But don’t panic. Containing the spread of the virus is critical, so stay alert and adopt these preventive measures at home immediately.
Prevention is critical to containing a virus, as viruses are difficult to cure. When it comes to the home, ensuring you have an optimal germ-blaster at your disposal is a priority.
Remove germs from all commonly touched surfaces in your home. We suggest you use a suitable disinfectant, like a bleach-based (sodium hypochlorite) product such as Domex Floor Cleaner, which is active against respiratory viruses, as recommended by the International Scientific Forum on Home & Hygiene. These surfaces include computer keyboards, TV remotes, telephones, door handles, tap handles, toilet seats and flush handles.
Observe your family for the following symptoms released by the US Centre for Disease Control, which include a runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, fever or a general feeling of being unwell. Do not hesitate to seek medical advice if they show any of these symptoms.
Take hand sanitiser with you when you’re out, preferably one with high alcohol content (min 69%). Check for this in the ingredient list. Ensure your family members cover their hands with it and rub thoroughly after they have come into contact with high-use areas such as door handles, public toilets or menus in restaurants.
Ensure your family washes their hands regularly with soap; make it a priority. Before and after using the toilet, before and after meals, and when you come in from outside. Washing hands for up to a minute is highly effective. If anyone in the family does become ill, avoid sharing towels, facecloths, toothbrushes and eating utensils. Also, wash clothes separately at a higher temperature (at least 60⁰C) to avoid the spread of viruses in the home. Hot water kills germs effectively.
Contain anything in your home that comes into contact with human waste; tissues go straight into lined bins, toilet waste is removed from surfaces and disinfected with a disinfectant toilet cleaner like Domex. After sneezing, germs can travel up to 3m, spreading unwanted infections, so cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough, and wash your hands straightaway.
Tell everyone the steps they can take to protect your home and encourage them to do the same. After all, preventing the spread of a virus is a group effort.
For continually updated information on the Coronavirus, we recommend getting information directly from the WHO site, which is working globally to manage and contain the spread of this viral infection.