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Stay healthy for Haire

Every year we hear the same advice--wash your hands, cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough, stay home when you are sick--this year the advice seems to have more meaning.  As the information, and misinformation, about COVID-19 swirls around we can all take extra precautions and a little more care as we wash our hands.  

 

If you are taking care of someone who is sick

  • Wash your hands frequently, especially after coming into contact with something they have touched.  

  • Wear a face mask, or have the sick person wear a face mask, when interacting with each other in close proximity

  • Wipe down all shared surfaces.  Especially kitchen and bathroom countertops, cabinet handles, faucet handles, and shower and toilet surfaces.  

  • Wipe down shared items, such as phones, computer keyboards, remote controls, and door knobs.

  • Launder shared blankets.  And launder the sick persons sheets/blankets more often.  If the sick person is a child, wash their toys, even the stuffed animals.

  • Make sure the sick person has their own hand towel to use in the bathroom and launder it often.

  • Once they are healthy do a deep clean of the house.

 

Trying to keep germs out: 

  • Take off your shoes when you enter your house.  Dirty shoes can spread germs through the house, though your risk of getting sick from them is low.  They can also spread dirt, dust, and other allergens.

  • Change your clothes once you get home.  It’s possible you came into contact with an infected person while you were out, though germs only stay on porous materials for a few hours, it’s better safe than sorry.

  • Change your sheets at least every 2 weeks.

  • Vacuum carpets and mop floors weekly.

  • Wipe down counters and hard surfaces daily

 

Extra notes:

  • When washing your hands- soap and water are all you need.  Hand sanitizer is good to use in a pinch, but isn’t a better alternative.  

  • When cleaning with a solvent or bleach you’ll want to use a clean rag or sponge, or better yet paper towels.  Oftentimes using the same rag/sponge for cleaning just moves the germs around rather than eliminating them.

  • Also, bleach based cleaning wipes are good because after wiping down a surface you generally let it air dry which gives the germ killing agents more time to work.  

  • When it’s warm enough open windows for air circulation.

  • Run an air purifier to help cut down on allergens.

  • A humidifier can help add humidity to the air and help prevent sinus infections and bronchitis.

  • Also, make sure you keep up with cleaning/changing your HVAC air filters too. 

 

When you are Out and about:

  • Don’t shake hands or hug.

  • When using the public restroom use a paper towel to open the doors after washing your hands.

  • At work wipe down your phone and computer a few times a day but especially right when you come in and after you have left it. You never know who may have had to use it while you were away.

 

Hopefully by practicing good general hygiene, taking extra cleaning precautions and following the suggested practices regarding social distancing, pretty soon the COVID-19 scare will be a thing of history books.

 

Stay safe, AND healthy friends. And, remember, if you need us, let us know. We’ll respond as quick as a “Haire.”