As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it remains essential that everyone cooperates and acts properly to protect themselves and others from the virus and to stop it from spreading. Otherwise, the pandemic will go on. Use the following information as a guideline on how to protect yourself and others from the coronavirus.
If you educate yourself on COVID-19 and gain an improved understanding, this will give you a better idea of how to protect yourself and others from the virus.
COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, easily spreads from person to person via respiratory droplets. These droplets can infect others when inhaled or collected on mucous membranes on the lining of people’s noses and mouths. That said, infected people — both symptomatic and asymptomatic — who are within six feet of other people can spread the virus.
While transmission via respiratory droplets is the more common way of spreading the virus, COVID-19 can spread in other ways. Enclosed spaces with insufficient ventilation can encourage the spread of the illness through airborne transmission.
If the respiratory droplets land on surfaces and objects, they become contaminated. People who come into contact with the contaminated surfaces can then infect themselves if the germs are transferred to their eyes, nose, or mouth. This is just one reason why people are being encouraged to refrain from touching their faces, particularly with unclean hands.
Practice Good Hygiene
Considering how coronavirus spreads, practicing good hygiene is a great way to protect yourself and others from the virus. Wash your hands regularly, using soap and water, for at least 20 seconds. Be thorough, getting between each finger and beneath your nails, too.
The following are among the situations when it is imperative to wash your hands:
- Before eating
- Before preparing food
- After using the restroom
- After coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose
- After leaving public places
Using soap and water to wash your hands is always preferable but using a hand sanitizer with 60 percent alcohol or higher is a suitable alternative, such as when you do not have access to soap and water. For better protection, you can sanitize your hands after washing them.
Additionally, avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands and touching your face. Instead, cough or sneeze into your arm or a tissue, but make sure you still wash or sanitize your hands to be safe.
Keep Your Distance from Others
The more distance you keep between yourself and others, the less chance you have at being infected by or infecting someone else with the coronavirus. This is why social distancing has been encouraged during the pandemic.
Unless someone in your household is sick, social distancing is not necessary at home. But whenever you are not home, you should distance yourself from other people — both indoors and outdoors.
Maintain at least six feet of distance between you and people you do not live with whenever outside of your home. This includes being out at the grocery store or just outside for a walk.
Wear a Mask
Face masks and coverings help protect yourself and others from COVID-19 because they cover both your nose and mouth.
If you are infected, which can be the case whether you exhibit symptoms or not, respiratory droplets will be restricted to the inside of your mask. Additionally, the mask will prevent any respiratory droplets from others from reaching your nose or mouth — whether you have been infected or not.
Masks should be worn in public when you are around people who are not members of your household, especially in indoor settings and when social distancing can be tough to maintain. Your mask should fit well without any large gaps and cover both your mouth and nose.
Continue to social distance when you wear a mask. One is not an alternative for the other but rather a supplement.
Furthermore, everyone, aside from a select group of individuals, should wear a mask. Individuals younger than 2 years old do not need to wear a mask. Neither do people who are incapacitated, unconscious, cannot remove a face mask without help, or have breathing problems.
Regularly Clean and Disinfect
Whether at home or work, regular disinfecting and cleaning should be done to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Set aside time each day to clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces: doorknobs, phones, keyboards, remote controls, light switches, toilets, sinks, and more.
Disinfecting and cleaning are two terms that are often used interchangeably. However, it is important to note that they are different despite serving similar purposes. Conducting either will help slow the spread of the coronavirus, but it is not as effective as the combination of disinfecting and cleaning.
First, clean surfaces and objects using either soap and water or another appropriate cleaning product. This cleans them, meaning germs, dust, and dirt that are present on the surface are removed. Afterwards, use an EPA-registered disinfectant to treat surfaces and objects. This disinfects them, meaning any germs that remain are killed via the chemicals in the disinfectant product.
It is important that your home and workplace are regularly cleaned and disinfected to protect these environments from COVID-19. Effective disinfection can help prevent exposure and restore safe conditions in buildings that have been exposed. If you are not confident in disinfecting your home or office yourself, you can call a professional to provide disinfection services with advanced methods, equipment, and EPA-registered cleaning products.
Commercial and Residential Cleaning and Disinfection Services
Home and office cleaning can prove to be difficult given the size of the environment and the amount of disinfecting and cleaning that must be done — even if you have maintenance workers on site to handle such matters. ServiceMaster DAK can help through the commercial and residential cleaning and disinfection services we provide in Buffalo Grove, Northbrook, and the neighboring communities in Cook and Lake County, IL.
We keep your home or facility healthy by disinfecting with the Clorox 360 total disinfection system. The innovative electrostatic sprayer, with the patented PowerWrap™ nozzle, delivers trusted Clorox solutions to the front, back and sides of surfaces. Superior coverage for better germ protection. Our office is the only one around that has this system. Our qualified professionals will also wear personal protective equipment and use proven, EPA-approved disinfectants and methods to treat your home or commercial property.
Whether there has been a known case of coronavirus in your home or workplace or you just want some peace of mind, our office cleaning services will protect your workplace from COVID-19 and other sicknesses.