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5 Sanitation Rules During the Quarantine

Don’t forget about these simple steps

The most popular hashtag today is #stayhome. It encourages everyone to stay at home during the coronavirus pandemic. However, it is very difficult for us to avoid any contacts because from time to time we have to go to shops or to the pharmacy and people of certain occupations need to use public transport. You can survive the quarantine and maintain your health by following five simple rules described in this article.

1. Wash your hands.

The World Health Organization recommends to wash hands regularly in order to prevent the coronavirus disease. But it is very difficult to find an antiseptic now, so WHO published a simple recipe for a disinfecting gel that everyone can make at home. You need 96% ethanol (8,333 ml) or isopropyl alcohol (7,515 ml), 3% hydrogen peroxide (417 ml) and 98% glycerine (145 ml).

Mix all the ingredients and add a small amount of distilled or boiled water. Determine the volume of water based on the desired consistency. Pour the resulting solution into several small containers. Take this preservative treatment with you and do not forget to use it regularly. WHO recommends to treat hands with antiseptic for at least 30 seconds paying particular attention to the area under the nails.

2. Disinfect all surfaces.

You can wash the floor with the help of improvised resources. It’s posible to use hydrogen peroxide at the rate of 1 сup per 10-liter bucket of water. Wooden and lacquered furniture can be washed with linseed oil which is a strong sanitizer. It’s better to wash glass surfaces with an aqueous solution of vinegar at the rate of 1:3. Vinegar can be replaced with lemon juice.

Sink, bathroom and kitchen surfaces should be treated with ammonia at the rate of 1 tablespoon per 1 liter of water or with a concentrated salt solution.

It is preferable to treat plastic items with chlorine-containing products. It is good to use products based on bleaching powder or monochloramine in order to destroy microbes in the toilet. But the most contaminated objects in the house should be treated with alcohol-containing napkins. And do not forget to regularly ventilate the apartment.

3. Disinfect your clothes.

Outdoor clothes and shoes are the main sources of virus storage. The best and easiest way to kill viruses after going outside is to leave your outerwear on the balcony in the sun. UV rays will kill all viruses in one hour. If there is no sun, it is worth leaving your clothes on the balcony for 2-3 days. In addition to the sun, clothes can be treated with hot steam. You can also choose the washing machine temperature mode of at least 50 degrees with additional rinsing. Shoes should be cleaned outside. And don’t forget to use an antiseptic while cleaning them.

4. Purify the air.

Every day we inhale millions of microscopic particles and specks of dust that can provoke undesirable processes in the body such as asthma, allergies, and heart diseases. In addition to dust, we can also inhale viruses which are especially dangerous for the elderly and those who are predisposed to respiratory diseases. If you want to protect yourself and your beloved people, it’s better to purchase an air purifier that will help get rid of all types of bacteria and allergens in the room. Some purifiers can even kill viruses.

Before buying an air purifier, make sure it has an ozonation system which helps clear the air of viruses, bacteria, and mold. It also keeps control over odors.

The volume of air to be cleaned is also important. The device should replace all the air in the room three times an hour. If you have a large flat or house, it is better to take a more powerful air purifier. If the apartment is not big, you can take a small one.

For example, thanks to Dual Max filtration, True HEPA five-layer fine filter and air ionization function, the Toshiba CAF-X116XPL purifier efficiently absorbs all allergens, dust, bacteria, and viruses.

Another advantage of this device is the possibility to choose several modes and speeds of operation which are controlled with the help of an intuitive touch screen — you only need to choose one of the three speeds. You can also turn on the automatic mode and the device itself will determine the intensity of purifying. The device has a very simple design which makes it easy to check whether it is time to replace the filter.

The micro-sound technology makes Toshiba air purifier very quiet, so it can be left in your bedroom or children's room.

5. Pay for services online.

The World Health Organization informs that the new coronavirus lives on banknotes for about three to four days and on bank cards for up to nine days. Therefore, it is better to pay for all goods via online banking. Moreover, almost all supermarkets provide food delivery services, so you do not have to go out for shopping.

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