In order to collectively address the current epidemic, it is imperative to understand how COVID-19 spreads on surfaces and how to properly disinfect them. The entire population is affected by this invisible enemy and it is important to have a good disinfection protocol and protect yourself to limit contamination of surfaces. Going to the grocery store or to the pharmacy has now become a challenge and it is an outing that we must do at least once a week. By taking the right precautions before, during and once you return from this task will generate less stress and worry.
Physical social distance while out in public is imperative and the all the health experts are telling us that we are to stay 2 meters which equals 6 feet from each other if we are out in public. We are also not to be with groups larger than five people and it is essential that we minimize the need to go out for only things that are essential like getting groceries. Many stores are limiting the number of people allowed into the store at one time and also reminding us to keep our social distance at all times when out in public. New standards are in place to be sure that carts are being disinfected; surfaces that are highly touched are being wiped and disinfected; and we are asked to watch what we are always touching.
Hygiene such as washing our hand regularly with soap and water, or the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap is not available are encourage and must be done often. Covering our cough and sneezes, avoid touching our face at all time and trying to stay home as much as possible are also important to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
It is not fully understood how long COVID-19 can survive on surfaces, but Coronaviruses are one of the easiest types of viruses to kill with proper cleaning and disinfection of surfaces that are highly touched. The recommendation is to use regular EPA approved household cleaners or a dilution of bleach with a ratio of 1tsp(5ml) per cup(250ml) of water.
To reduce your chance of catching or spreading coronavirus, clean and disinfect all surfaces and objects in your home and office every day. This includes: Countertops, Tables, Doorknobs, Bathroom fixtures, Phones, Keyboards, Remote controls and Toilets.
After you visit the grocery store, pharmacy, or even bring home takeout food, always wash your hands with soap and water. Do the same thing after you pick up packages and newspapers that might have been delivered to your home.
To reduce the spread of the viruses after you return from getting groceries or other items, we invite you to watch this video to help you and keep yourself safe and healthy!
Supermax Healthcare Canada would like to thank all of the frontline workers and all Canadians who follow and adhere to the recommended hygiene and social distancing measures. We will overcome this step together. Stay safe and healthy with those you love. We hope that the situation will improve in the coming weeks.