The CDC suggests using a hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.
Just like washing your hands, you should rub your hands together for 20 seconds when using hand sanitizer.
Remember that hand sanitizer disinfects, but does not wash away things like chemicals that could be on your hands. Always wash your hands if you have the option.
Disinfect surfaces that are most frequently touched. Things like doorknobs, phones, flush handles on toilets, remotes, and computer keyboards are massively germy places.
Use a microfiber cloth dampened but not soaked with a mixture of distilled water and 70% isopropyl alcohol to wipe down phone screens. This combination will minimize the risk of damaging the screen during cleaning.
Be sure to clean phone cases as well, else you’re defeating the purpose of cleaning your phone.
You can clean the outside of your computer with a regular disinfecting wipe, but be sure to use the isopropyl alcohol solution on the keyboard.
Always follow manufacturer cleaning instructions on cleaning products.
Take your shoes off at the door
Shoes harbor countless nasty bacteria and pathogens including disease-causing E.Coli.
Bacteria entering your home via shoe typically remains on the floor, so while it isn’t a huge threat to adults unless it becomes aerosolized, small children that crawl on the floor are susceptible to these tiny bacteria, so best to remove your shoes and be safe.
Create a sick room
Avoiding interactions with sick people is pretty hard if one of your family members is sick, which is why you create a sick room for them.
Minimize contact with the sick individual by isolating them.
Be sure to thoroughly disinfect all surfaces in the room after it is no longer the designated “sick room.”
Alec is a third-year member of the team at Second Nature. He brings expert knowledge of a myriad of home air filtration topics including HVAC filters, filtration efficiency, and indoor air quality.