Scientists have now confirmed that coronavirus can live on surfaces for up to 36 hours, depending on the substance, which means that public areas are now more dangerous than ever. But since many of us spend more and more time at home, it is no longer the public places that pose a threat. If you or one of your family members is one of many victims who do not have symptoms of an outbreak, then your whole family could be at risk, all within days. The risk increases if you have elderly or immunocompromised loved ones in your home. Do you want to reduce the chance of a coronavirus spreading in your home or, at worst, among your family members? Take these cleaning precautions:
1. Regularly cleaning highly used contact surfacesThis includes places such as door handles and kitchen counter, light switches, toilets, sinks, and main knobs, and even TV and mobile remotes. Pay close attention to places like the living room and kitchen, where your family may gather a lot. If you cook daily, also clean the stove and fridge handles.
2. Use appropriate detergentsNot all cleaning agents are effective in killing the virus. CDC recommends using a diluted home bleach solution or an alcohol cleaning solution with at least 70% alcohol. Hydrogen peroxide is also effective, but it needs to stay on the surface for at least a minute to kill the virus. Here is a complete list of detergents you can use to kill the coronavirus: Chlorine solutions (5 tablespoons of chlorine per gallon of water).
- Alcohol-based detergents with at least 70% alcohol.
- Household disinfectants such as Clorox (NYSE: CLX) and Lysol (OTCMKTS: RBGLY).
- This full list of cleaning products is here.