COVID-19 news is everywhere we turn. This is by far the most serious health epidemic we have ever seen in our lifetimes. That being said let’s take a moment to talk more about how you can keep you and your family safe during this time in your home.

Wipe Down Commonly Touched Items

Using a household cleaner, like bleach water or anything you have on hand that kills viruses and bacteria, wipe down commonly touched items daily. I would recommend using different cleaners on different surfaces, such as using rubbing alcohol on electronic devices versus bleach water on countertops.

Items to consider wiping down daily, if not multiple times a day, include but are not limited to:

  • Door knobs
  • Drawers
  • Faucets
  • Countertops
  • Tabletops
  • Remote controls
  • Phones
  • Toys (if these are items your children put in their mouth, make sure you are using a safe household cleaner for them)
  • Computers
  • Handles – microwave, stove, handrails, etc.

Handwashing – Increase Duration and Frequency

Begin making it protocol to have all family members head straight to the sink to wash their hands with soap and water the moment the walk in the door. Also, continue to remind all family members to wash their hands often. Make sure to wash with soap and water and scrubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds, remember washing for longer will not do any harm. When it doubt, go wash your hands.

Limit Exposure

During this time, make an effort to limit your exposure with COVID-19. This means working from home if you are able to and limiting your trips into the public to only when essential items are needed. When you are in public for essential items or for work aim to limit exposure by:

  • Social distancing – stay 6ft away from others
  • Use hand sanitizer often – use after touching any commonly touched items or items that may have been touched by others
  • Avoid anyone experiencing symptoms – if someone is coughing or visibly experiencing any symptoms head the opposite direction

Keeping Your Home Safe From COVID-19 – Stay Informed

Updates are regularly being released, so be sure to stay informed by watching credible sources such as WHO and CDC. However, it is important, for your sanity, to limit your exposure to news and media as it can become quite taxing on your emotional state. Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay home.