Corona Virus: staying safe

Corona Virus personal cleanliness and safety
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This Corona Virus personal cleanliness and safety information is from those who live in Australia.

COVID lifespan on different surfaces (from World Health organisation)

  • Air: 3 hours, includes moisture from coughs, sneezes, fog, dust, medical gas.
  • Copper: 4 hours, includes taps, drawer handles.
  • Non-porous surfaces: 4+ days, includes door knobs, elevator buttons, hand rails, light switches.
  • Cardboard: 24 hours.
  • Plastic: 2-3 days, includes bottles, plastic bags, containers.
  • Glass: 9 days, includes mobile phones, *Please search for what is best to clean your phone as some wipes are not good for cleaning phones

Key messages

  • Do not touch any surfaces you do not need to.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth (as much as possible) and never without uncleaned hands.
  • Wash everything when coming home.

Keep clean after using the common areas, such as the restroom, or touching surfaces (benches, doorknobs).

  • Places with high usage rates, such as plumbing and toilets, should be carefully disinfected.
  • It is effective to clean a 500ml PET bottle with 2 caps of bleach (this amount can be used for norovirus measures) and wipe the door knobs with alcohol.*Notice Please be careful when you use bleach as for some materials it is not good to use bleach.

How to wash hands

  1. Wet hands and lather your hands with soap for 30 seconds or more.
  2. Wash between your fingers, the base of the thumb, back of the hand and also your wrist
  3. After rinsing, wipe with a clean towel, preferably not a shared towel.
  4. After wiping, use antibacterial wash (if you have it). Google some recipes if you want to make your own antibacterial wash.

Before grocery shopping

  1. Prepare your mask and gloves.
  2. Prepare your shopping list (it will make your outside shopping time shorter).
  3. Prepare your hand sanitiser (in the car).

At grocery shopping

  1. Wear a mask but do not touch underneath it, ever (around your mouth and nose).
  2. It is best if you wear gloves but due to cross-contamination, you will spread germs to everything that you touch, even when wearing gloves.
  3. Decide what you want before you go, and make a paper list that you can carry with you, as you will be touching this a lot, especially after touching products on the shelf.
  4. If you make a list on your phone, you must carry it with you and make sure you clean your phone before you put it in your pocket or place it in your car. To clean your phone you must use disinfectant wipes, do not use alcohol wipes.
  5. Clean the shopping cart handles before use.
  6. Do not unnecessarily touch surfaces.
  7. Do not unnecessarily pick up products and put them down again, choose what you want before you touch any products.

Finishing grocery shopping

  1. Remove one glove by pulling on the fingertips and hold onto it with your gloved hand.
  2. Using your non-gloved hand, pinch the glove at the wrist level and pull it away from the skin, then pull it down so you can have the first glove inside the second glove, see this video: How to safely remove gloves
  3. Place the gloves in the bin in your car, they cannot be re-used.
  4. Use hand sanitiser before you touch the door handles, steering wheel or car interior.

Arriving back at home

After you come home, there are a number of things that help stop transmission of this virus.

  1. If you want, you can use a tissue or small plastic bags that will go between your clean hands and the possibly dirty handles of your grocery bags.
  2. Clean your groceries before putting them away.
  3. Wash your hands, like this video How to wash your hands
  4. Gargle: plain water (mouthwash is better) for 5 times, 15 seconds each time.
  5. Remove all groceries (products, fruit and vegetables) and wipe them down.

Food Sanitation
Vegetables and fruits should be washed in running water for at least 30 seconds or use vinegar.

Cleaning method recommended using vinegar:

  1. Make a cleaning solution that mixes vinegar and water in a ratio of 1: 3
  2. Soak vegetables or fruits with a spray or a ball for several minutes, and then lightly pour with water.
  3. Cleaning using vinegar: it has been reported that more than 90% of bacteria were removed as well as pesticide residues, and it is expected to be effective.

Picture from Aleera, used with permission.