How to Protect Yourself and Your Home During COVID-19
The pandemic has made issues around health and COVID-19 hygiene in our homes and workplaces a top priority. Your personal health and hygiene during COVID-19 is your first line of defence against the virus. Lifebuoy has a range of hygiene products to help you through the pandemic.
How to minimise your risk
Wash your hands! One of the most critical, if not indeed the best defence against COVID-19, is regular handwashing with soap and water. Regular washing with Lifebuoy’s range of germ protection soaps protects against 99.9% of germs and is a great COVID-19 hygiene tool*. The virus is also very susceptible to common disinfectant cleaning agents such as bleach, and alcohol-based hand sanitizers which are especially useful when you’re out and about and not near a tap. Lifebuoy Total 10 Hand Sanitizer will kill 99.99%* of the germs on your hands so it’s an excellent product to have available.
- Wear a mask when you are in a public space
- Maintain at least one metre distance between yourself and other people
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, especially in public
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Cover your mouth with your arm/elbow when you cough or sneeze
- Stay at home when you feel unwell
It’s important to recognise the symptoms of COVID-19, which affect different people in different ways. According to the WHO and CDC , most infected people will develop mild to moderate illness – any time from five to 14 days - and recover at home without hospitalisation.
Most common symptoms:
- dry cough
Less common symptoms:
- Aches and pains
- Sore throat
- Loss of taste or smell
- A rash on skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes
Serious symptoms (seek immediate medical attention):
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Chest pain or pressure
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Pale, grey, or blue-coloured skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone
*This list is not exhaustive. Please call your medical provider for any symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
How to safeguard your home against COVID-19
COVID-19 is spread mainly when respiratory droplets of an infected person get into your nose, mouth or eyes after being in close proximity to them, or through touching contaminated surfaces. According to the SA government’s Covid-19 FAQs the virus may survive on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. The good news is that simple disinfectants can help fight the spread of COVID-19. Cleaning and disinfecting high-touch areas in your home is an important precaution to lower risk.
Common high-touch surfaces include:
- Door handles
- Tables and chairs
- Kitchen & bathroom surfaces
- Taps and toilet lids
- Light switches
- Mobile phones and computers
- Remote controls
- Children’s toys
When cleaning around your home, UNICEF advises to always follow cleaning product instructions for safe and effective use. Protect yourself by wearing rubber gloves and making sure you have good ventilation. If a surface is dirty, first clean it with soap or detergent and water. Then use a disinfectant product containing alcohol of 70%, or bleach. Remember that it’s important not to wipe cleaning solutions off too quickly. Many products, such as wipes and sprays, must stay wet on a surface for several minutes to be effective.
Other COVID-19 cleaning tips to consider include:
- Although it’s not clear how long COVID-19 can survive on fabric, good practice is removing your shoes when you enter your home and changing into clean clothes after being in crowded places.
- Don’t shake dirty laundry to minimise the possibility of dispersing possible virus through the air.
- Launder items with soap or detergent, using the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely — both steps help to kill the virus.
- After handling laundry, immediately wash hands with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
*Washing hands with soap and water or use of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is one of the World Health Organization recommended measures to help reduce risk of coronavirus infection. Please follow additional guidelines recommended by health authorities like WHO or CDC/local health authorities.
*As per lab test.