Cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces
High-touch surfaces refer to the common parts or accessories in your home that are most frequently, physically contacted. These include door knobs, window panes, tables, chairs, handrails, kitchen and bathroom surfaces, taps, toilets, light switches, mobile phones, computers, tablets, keyboards, remote controls, game controllers and favourite toys.
Pre-COVID, we never thought of cleaning and disinfecting these surfaces. All we used to do was to clean it with a dry piece of cloth to free off the debris. But now, it is advised to regularly clean all high touch surfaces with a disinfectant containing more than 70% alcohol.
Handling food packagings
The good news is that there is no solid evidence to prove that COVID can be transmitted through food. However, it is possible to catch the virus from an infected utensil or plastic packaging.
Eating out at bars and restaurants is least preferred by anyone because we never know if the spoon or fork we are eating with was properly sanitized. Packaged food is now handled with extreme care due to health concerns. Furthermore, food take-out containers are thrown away right after reaching home and the food in it is taken out in a plate or bowl. In case of cans, wiping with a disinfectant before storing is a precaution that was never thought about before COVID.
To sum it up, COVID-19 has completely changed our perspective of cleaning and sanitation as the world had never seen a disease like this. Moreover, it has also affected our hygiene concepts because extreme care is practiced in order to stay healthy during the pandemic. Although vaccines have been introduced in different countries, it will still take some time for the virus to disappear. Until then, remember to pay attention to your cleanliness and sanitation at all times.
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