A virus is normally transmitted from one person to another or it spreads in another form such as bodily fluids that drifts in the air after coughing or sneezing. As COVID-19 pandemic spreads around the world, this is a good time to better understand how cleaning and disinfecting surfaces can help prevent the spread of disease. And what you can do to minimise the risk of transmitting infectious disease in your home.
Most viruses are transmitted through close contact from person to person. In some cases, certain situations might increase the risk of contracting the virus such as living or working with vulnerable people, sharing items, providing care to a person or frequenting in public areas.
To eliminate viruses thriving on inanimate surfaces, the Department of Health created a guideline focused on household setting and for the general public’s knowledge regarding on proper way of cleaning and disinfection. This is to further intensify our fight against COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.
How to eliminate harmful viruses?
The routine environmental cleaning is aimed at limiting or eliminating the survival of COVID-19 and other related viruses in any inanimate surfaces such as door handles, tabletops, floors, etc. It is known that coronavirus can survive on surfaces for a period of time. However, with thorough cleaning and disinfection practices, it can be eliminated.
Types of cleaning methods
It refers to the removal of impurities, germs and dirt from surfaces with water, cleaning products and scrubbing. Cleaning does not totally eliminate or kill the germs. However, by removing them on frequently touched surfaces with the use of the detergent solution, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading and transmission of infection.
Cleaning is a vital part of the disinfection process. Adding routine cleaning on your daily routine especially on general surfaces significantly helps in minimising the spread of germs.
Sanitising and disinfecting
Primarily, sanitising does not remove germs nor it clean dirty surfaces. However, disinfecting kills more germs than just using sanitisers. By utilising cleaning products it further helps increase the elimination of germs and other bacteria thriving on surfaces. As mentioned earlier, cleaning is vital in the disinfection process. Then, sanitise or disinfect the surfaces when it is necessary.
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The following are helpful cleaning tips:
- Clean first before you disinfect. Mostly, germs hide under the surfaces where they are not affected by disinfectants.
- Add warm or hot water to your cleaning products, unless it is stated that it’s only formulated to be effective with cold water.
- Scrubb inanimate surfaces and other materials vigorously with a microfiber cloth to remove dirt. Brush items that are hard to reach and rough.
- Clean from top to bottom to avoid further spreading any germs or dirt.
- Clean the least dirty items and surfaces.
Additional precautionary measures on our daily routine significantly help minimise the transmission of the virus. As responsible individuals, let us all take our part in this chaotic situation and observe the proper hygiene measures, avoid direct contact such as shaking hands, practice proper social distancing in public places and avoid visiting vulnerable people in the hospital, people living in extended care centres and people who have chronic diseases.
The Coronavirus can spread anywhere. And one of the most effective ways of reducing the spread of its transmission is through proper hand hygiene, routine cleaning and practising precautionary measures in public places.
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