Prevent Corona Virus from Spreading by Cleaning the House During Self-Isolation
Not only personal hygiene, house hygiene also needs to be maintained. This is important as an effort to reduce the risk of Corona virus transmission, especially if there are residents who are undergoing independent isolation.
Corona virus spreads quickly and is easily spread. Transmission is not only from people with COVID-19, but also from people who are positively infected with Corona but have no symptoms. People who are asymptomatic (OTG) do not realize that there is a Corona virus in their body and they can transmit it to other people.
Therefore, the government encourages people to carry out physical distancing and remain at home, while people who are categorized as ODP (people in monitoring) and PDP (patients in monitoring) with mild symptoms are encouraged to do independent isolation.
In the independent isolation protocol issued by the government, it is stated that one of the things that must be done is to maintain personal hygiene and shelter.
Steps to Clean Houses to Prevent Corona Virus Transmission
Corona virus is proven to survive for hours and even days on the surface of an object. Therefore, to prevent Corona virus infection, you need to thoroughly clean the house and take disinfection measures if necessary.
The following are steps to clean houses and household appliances to prevent transmission of the Corona virus during the COVID-19 outbreak:
1. Prepare the equipment needed
Before starting to clean the house, prepare all the equipment needed, such as masks, waterproof disposable gloves with rubber or plastic material, garbage bags, soap or detergent, disinfectant liquid, and clean cloths.
Leave the window of the house wide open so that the air circulation in your home is smooth while cleaning the house.
2. Clean the surface of the object with soap and water
When you want to clean the house, first wash your hands with water and soap or hand sanitizer, then wear gloves.
After that, clean every surface of objects in the house using a cloth soaked with a mixture of water and detergent. Prioritize for cleaning objects that are often touched, such as door handles, dining table surfaces, armrests, television remotes, and water taps.
3. Disinfect the surface of the object
If a family member at home is sick or has symptoms of COVID-19, such as coughing and fever, he is advised to use a separate bedroom and bathroom with other family members.
If this is not possible, do disinfection every day, especially in the bedroom and bathroom that is used together with sick family members.
Disinfectant liquid can be purchased online. You can also make your own disinfectant liquid at home if you have difficulty getting it. How to make it quite easy, by mixing 4 teaspoons of bleach clothes with 1 liter of water. After that, put the disinfectant liquid into the spray bottle.
How to do disinfection is also easy. You simply spray enough disinfectant liquid to the surface of the object. Leave for about 10 minutes, then wipe with a clean cloth until the surface of the object is dry.
4. Discard gloves and wash hands after cleaning the house
After the house and the objects inside are finished cleaning, remove the gloves and throw them into the prepared plastic waste.
Make sure all the dirt and rubbish have also been put into plastic trash before removing gloves. As much as possible remove the gloves carefully, do not let the outside touch the skin.
Tie the garbage plastic tightly, then place it in a tightly closed rubbish bin. After that, clean your hands with soap and running water or with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Other Items That Need To Be Cleaned
In addition to the surface of objects that are often touched, there are several other objects that also need to be cleaned or washed in a special way, namely:
Wash dirty clothes with warm water and detergent, then dry in the sun to dry. Clothes belonging to a family member who is sick may be washed along with other clothes. However, use gloves when washing.
Prepare separate cutlery for family members at home who are sick. After use, wash cutlery, such as plates, forks, spoons and cups, which are used by the sick person separately and use different dishwashing sponges. In addition, also use hot water to wash the cutlery.
Soak bed sheets, pillowcases, and blankets with hot water that has been mixed with detergent before washing. If a washing machine is available, you can use it to wash the bedding. If not, you can wash it by hand, but don’t forget to wear gloves.
In addition, be careful about using disinfectants. Direct contact or inhalation of disinfectants can be hazardous to health, especially if they occur in large quantities.
Equipment used to clean the house, such as brooms, rags and mops, also needs cleaning. Wash the equipment with soap and water, then dry. After that, spray the disinfectant liquid on these cleaning tools and keep it in a clean and dry place.
Don’t forget to use disposable gloves when cleaning or washing items at home. Especially when cleaning the belongings of sick family members. If you don’t use gloves, make sure you don’t forget to wash your hands afterwards.
Cleaning the house needs to be done routinely. Involve other family members when cleaning the house, except those who are sick. In addition, all family members at home also need to maintain personal hygiene.
Every family member must wash their hands regularly, especially after coughing and sneezing, using the bathroom, before and after eating, also after contact with a sick family member.