April 13, 2020
It is a globally known fact that COVID19 is primarily transmitted through respiratory droplets, which is through coughing or sneezing. This is why it’s been highly encouraged to wear face masks and disinfect our hands with soap or by using alcohol. However, there have been recent studies that say that the virus can latch on to and remain on objects, such as clothes or shoes, for more than a week unless these objects are disinfected. Unfortunately, food, toiletries, and other essential supplies would eventually run out and have to be restocked at home. This would push you to go out for groceries, exposing you to the risk of being infected by COVID19. Of course, you would think that the only solution to lessen that kind of risk is to buy as much as you can in just one go. However, with the rules of the Enhanced Community Quarantine, as well as the prohibited hoard-buying, everyone is encouraged to do weekly grocery shopping and with only a limited number of items. For example, you can only buy two pieces of alcohol per person per transaction. Before the alarming spread of COVID19, going out to buy groceries almost seemed harmless to anything but your wallet or your debit card. However, the rising number of cases infected by the virus also means the rising risk of it infecting you and your family. Thus, it is best to always take extra precautions in disinfecting yourself and the objects you come in contact with. So how can you make sure that you won’t be putting yourself and your family at risk when you go out for groceries? Here’s a step-by-step to-do list once you arrive home: Take off your shoes before entering the house. To prevent COVID19 from intruding your home, disinfect them, top and bottom. It is best to use alcohol that has at least 70% alcohol content or with disinfectant wipes. After disinfecting, let them dry naturally. If possible, leave the shoes outside. If not, leaving them by the door would also suffice. Change out of the clothes you wore outside. Place them in a laundry basket separate from your regular dirty laundry. Disinfect the clothes you wore. Soak it in water mixed with chemical disinfectants, such as phenolic disinfectants and chlorine-containing disinfectants. After soaking, rinse thoroughly and leave to dry at high temperature. Wash your hands immediately. After disinfecting the shoes and clothes you had worn, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Apply alcohol on your hands too before touching any other things at home. Disinfect everything you touched when you got home. Use disinfectant sprays on the doorknobs, your car keys, the fridge, and even the table where you had placed your groceries. Disinfecting your mobile device is highly encouraged. If you had used it while you were buying groceries, this is highly advised. The use of disinfectant wipes would be the best way to clean your device. Wipe the screen, buttons, and make sure to reach any part of your device where dust can get trapped. If your mobile device has a case, remove the case and disinfect it as well. Take a bath. Once you’ve disinfected the objects you’ve interacted with, it is best to take a bath before interacting with anyone in your family. This would help ensure that your whole body has been washed and cleaned. Apply alcohol. After bathing, you can apply alcohol on your hands, arms, and legs to help disinfect your body too. Regularly check your temperature. You can never be too cautious. During the day and for the next two to three days, regularly check your temperature and look out for symptoms of COVID19. Now, do you also need to disinfect the food and other essential products you’ve bought? Even if there’s still no evidence that food or food packaging can be a way to transmit the virus, it’s best to stay on the safe side. It is encouraged to wash or use disinfectant wipes on the canned goods, snacks, and the other products you’ve bought from the store. For meat or vegetables, washing them before placing them in the fridge or designated containers is advised.READ MORE
March 26, 2020
As the number of confirmed coronavirus disease cases rises, parents need to make sure that their children are protected. Although young kids are at a lower risk, it’s better to be safe. The severity of the situation must not be taken lightly especially because it can affect all members of the family. Here are some tips to make sure that your children are safe: Do not bring children with you outside. It is better to keep kids at home – far from potential carriers. Plan a set of indoor activities to keep your kids busy and productive. Help them explore a new hobby in art, teach them to play an instrument, or print downloadable worksheets for them to accomplish. Teach proper handwashing. Washing hands with soap and water is one of the key steps in preventing the spread of any virus. Choose a trusted hand soap and teach kids to wash hands following these steps: Wash hands with clean, running water. Soap up hands by rubbing them together to form a lather. Remember to reach the back of the hand, between fingers, and under the nails. Scrub your child’s hands for around 20 seconds. You can sing your child’s favorite nursery rhyme as a timer. Make sure to rinse well with clean and running water. Dry your child’s hands with a clean towel. Avoid using a basin to wash hands as the water can get contaminated. Tell them to stop touching their faces. Even with clean hands, it’s better to avoid touching your face. Remember – keep your hands off of M.E.N. (Mouth, Eyes, Nose). Prepare healthy pantry food – With all the quarantine and social distancing measures being put up, eating out or going to the grocery store frequently may not be a good idea. Reasonably stock up on food with long shelf lives while at the same time making sure that kids will get balanced diets from meals. You can get creative with oatmeal and various fruits, Greek yoghurt, or cocoa. How about making a sardine or tuna pasta? Or try out healthy snack options like nuts, popcorn, raisins or even carrot sticks with tasty dip. Take extra care for kids with asthma. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that kids and adults with asthma have a greater risk of developing more severe diseases with the coronavirus outbreak. If you or your kids have controller medications and do not stop them. Be wary that seasonal versions of coronaviruses can cause asthma exacerbations. Prepare a quarantine area. If members of the family begin developing symptoms of COVID, calmly ask them to transfer to a room. Don’t forget to properly wash their utensils and beddings. Explain the situation without causing fear. Sometimes, fear and panic can do more harm than actually contracting coronavirus disease. Parents need to talk about the situation and explain the importance of the steps to be taken to prevent it. This helps to make sure that kids remember to do all the precautions even without being reminded.READ MORE
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