Coronavirus – Minimising risks in your home

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This has been such a strange and unprecedented time for everyone with the devastating effects of the coronavirus.

Having to stay at home – making sure we keep as clean as possible and to keep up good hygiene has been at the forefront of everyone’s minds over the last few weeks.

By now we all know the rules about hand washing, social distancing, wearing masks, etc., but as we can now start to spend more time in the outside world, we need to still keep thinking in the same way and be vigilant about contact and returning home and making sure we don’t bring the coronavirus back in with us, as we’re no longer just within our own four walls anymore.

Something really important to consider are ‘High touch’ areas – these are the places in your home that you touch a lot day to day – probably a lot more than you realise!

If you haven’t already, try and get in the habit of wiping these things on a regular basis, especially now as you’ll be coming in and out of your home a lot more. The easiest way to do it is with disposable wipes, then you can just throw them away once you’ve used them.

Hands wipe the screen of smartphone with disinfectant cloth. Necessary method to prevent spreading of Coronavirus Covid-19.

High touch items include:

  • Remote Controls
  • Mobile Phones
  • Touch Screens
  • Keyboards
  • Door Handles
  • Cupboard handles
  • Light Switches
  • Appliances
  • Taps

For example – you come in from the outside, turn on the light, flop in front of the sofa, put the TV on with the remote control and then pick up your phone and call someone – that’s plenty of opportunity to bring the coronavirus in!

As lovely as it is to have more freedom and to be able to move around more easily now, we need to remember to keep up the good work as we start to move in and out more so that we continue to keep ourselves and our homes healthy.