CLEANING TASKS IN LIGHT OF THE CORONA VIRUS(COVID19)
In light of the recent CoronaVirus (CoVid19), the WHO has released guidelines for the public:
Wash your hands frequently
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub if your hands are not visibly dirty.
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub eliminates the virus if it is on your hands.
Practice respiratory hygiene
When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – discard tissue immediately into a closed bin and clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
Why? Covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing prevent the spread of germs and viruses. If you sneeze or cough into your hands, you may contaminate objects or people that you touch.
Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and other people, particularly those who are coughing, sneezing and have a fever.
Why? When someone who is infected with a respiratory disease, like 2019-nCoV, coughs or sneezes they project small droplets containing the virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the virus.
WHAT ARE SOME GUIDES FOR PREMISES OR HOMES THAT MAY BE EXPOSED TO THE CORONAVIRUS(COVID19)?
People whose offices or homes may have been exposed to the Coronavirus(Covid19) should sanitise their places by mopping them with disinfectant twice. This and other steps were detailed in an interim set of guidelines released by the National Environment Agency (NEA) on its website.
In an announcement on Wednesday (29 Jan 2020) on the release of the guidelines, NEA said they apply to the homes of people contacted by the Ministry of Health who may have been exposed to the virus.
Such people are to avoid hosting visitors until after the place has been sanitised, even if the infected people have been isolated elsewhere.
They should avoid sharing household items such as dishes, eating utensils and bedding, and wash them thoroughly with soap and water after usage.
Those preparing to clean their homes should ensure they have a set of disposable gloves, a surgical mask, bleach or an appropriate disinfectant, a change of clothes, trash bags, water, disposable cloths, a pail and a mop.
They should put on the mask and gloves before starting to clean, and keep the windows open for ventilation.
WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR WHEN CLEANING
The face or eyes should not be touched during the entire cleaning process.
They should first mop the floor of the whole house with the bleach or disinfectant, and use cloths soaked in the disinfectant solution to wipe frequently touched areas such as handles, doorknobs, switches and keyboards, as well as toilet surfaces.
Bed sheets, pillow covers, blankets and other fabrics should be washed in a washing machine with detergent.
Mattresses, pillows, carpets or cushions that were used by someone still being tested for the virus should not be used until that person is confirmed free of the virus.
After all this, those doing the cleaning should mop the floor of the entire home with the disinfectant solution again, avoiding going from an area that has not been cleaned to an area that has been cleaned.
This is to ensure the cleaned areas are not dirtied again.
POST CLEANING PROCEDURES 1
When the cleaning is complete, all cloths and rags used, together with other waste from the cleanup, should be thrown into double-lined trash bags.
They can then remove their gloves and wash their hands with soap and water.
After this, they should remove their mask, and once again wash their hands with soap and water.
The mask and gloves should then be thrown into double-lined trash bags.
All the waste generated from the clean-up should be separated from other household waste, and then disposed of as regular waste as soon as possible.
POST CLEANING PROCEDURES 2
Those who did the cleaning should shower and change their clothes immediately after the process is complete, and then air and ventilate their home.
NEA CALL TO OWNERS AND STAKEHOLDERS OF PREMISES
NEA has added: “While NEA continues with its efforts to provide guidance and support to owners of premises and relevant stakeholders involved in cleaning and estate maintenance of places with high human traffic, we urge collective efforts and cooperation from all parties to step up their existing sanitation measures and public health practices.”
GUIDELINES FOR CLEANING NON-HEALTHCARE PREMISES
A separate set of guidelines for cleaning non-healthcare commercial premises is also available on the NEA’s website.
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