Seven simple things you can do to protect your house during the pandemic

As the coronavirus pandemic continues across the country, people are undertaking new measures to make sure they’re safe. From washing their hands for 20 seconds at a time to social distancing, the public have become accustomed to the new measures.

Here’s the full list of things you should be doing to protect your home:

1. Safe shopping

Shopping for essentials is one of the only reasons people can leave their home for. While you may be taking every care while your in the supermarket there could be hidden dangers when you get back home. To make sure you’re not inadvertently bringing the deadly bug into your home on packets you are advised to remove as much of the outer packaging as possible. So empty packets of pasta into containers and remove the cardboard box from your cereal. For anything that can’t be taken out of its outer packaging, like beans, tinned soup, or tinned vegetables, wash the cans down with soapy water.

Current guidance tells us that the food itself is unlikely to be a risk, because even if virus particles are ingested, they probably would not survive in our stomach acid.

2. Living with other people

Coronavirus can strike anyone – including people in your own home, which can present problems.

Anyone who is displaying symptoms of Covid-19 has been told they must self-isolate for ten days to prevent protecting anyone else. But how should the people they’re living with cope with someone who should have no contact with others. Breaking the home down into groups – the isolaters, who have symptoms, the distancers, who are also living in the same home but have no symptoms and the shielders, who are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus, such as the elderly. The shielders should be given their own room if possible to reduce the risk of them coming into contact with the virus. But where this is not possible you can draw up a rota so people know when they can and can’t use communal spaces. Shielders should then be able to use these rooms first, such as the kitchen, before they become possibly contaminated. Then the distancer can bring the isolater food from the kitchen to prevent extra risk to the shielder.

3. How to clean effectively

There are entire aisles devoted to cleaning products in the supermarket, with people stripping shelves bare when it became apparent how serious the pandemic really was. You only really need bleach and soap and you don’t have to spend big to make sure you’re keeping your home clean. A correctly diluted bleach solution (cheapest bleach you can get in the supermarket will work 100% effectively against the virus), or soap and water. To make sure you’re taking every precaution always wear gloves when cleaning and use bleach in a well-ventilated area.

However, if you still can’t get hold of bleach, don’t panic – soap and water is really effective too.

4. Forgotten things you need to clean

We all know our main living spaces should be as clean as possible, especially at the moment, but there are several other things inside our homes that we all forget about. While you may be frantically scrubbing your home, there are some areas you may neglect which could be a breeding ground for bacteria. The outside of cleaning product bottles, soap and hand cream bottles as they are items that we frequently touch and could transfer coronavirus on to. The simplest way to clean them is by washing them in warm soapy water.

5. Stop coronavirus getting in

While most of us are taking social distancing seriously and following the government guidelines to the letter there are still times when we have to leave home. Shopping for essentials and heading out for a walk or run once a day are allowed so people need to take extra precautions to make sure they’re not bringing coronavirus back in with them. The first thing people need to do when they walk through their front door is take their shoes off as coronavirus could live on the soles for up to five days and on clothes for 24 hours. Shoes should be kept in the hall or if you don’t have one, keep them in the same place every day. Next, if you’ve travelled on public transport or been close to other people, also take your clothes off immediately and throw them straight in the washing machine.

6. Be safe when ordering a takeaway

Treats are important to keep us all sane during the lockdown and there are many takeaways still delivering to give families a boost. Ordering food may also be vital for some people after supermarket shelves were stripped bare as people stockpiled in panic. And while it is small, there is still risk involved with ordering food from outside. When getting your takeaway simply remove outer packaging and get rid of it. For those takeaways without easily discarded packaging, either wipe down with a bit of soap and water or decant its contents into a clean container/plate.

7. Drying your hands

After weeks of being told to wash our hands for 20 seconds as regularly as possible – singing Happy Birthday twice means you can get the timing right – we’re all experts. But when it comes to drying our hands afterwards, don’t make the mistake of using a dirty towel.