Prepare your home for COVID-19
Using the correct disinfectant is important.
Johnny Woodhouse Published: 3/12/2020
Did you know that coronaviruses, including the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), are one of the easiest types of viruses to kill with the appropriate disinfectant product?
That’s right. The Environmental Protection Agency has posted an extensive list of registered antimicrobial products for use against the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The EPA issued "List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2" (the name of the virus that causes COVID-19). This list can be found at epa.gov and includes a number of brand-name products, from disinfecting bleach to wipes and multi-surface cleaners and sprays. These products can be used to clean high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, countertops, sinks, faucets, toilets and light switches.
“Using the correct disinfectant is an important part of preventing and reducing the spread of illnesses along with other critical aspects such as hand washing,” the EPA said.
Consumers using these disinfectants should follow the directions on the label, paying close attention to how long the disinfectant should remain on the surface.
What else you’ll need
According to Ready.gov, the official website of the Department of Homeland Security, your COVID-19 shopping list should also include the following:
- A two-week supply of water and non-perishable food
- A 30-day supply of your prescriptions
- Nonprescription drugs like pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins
- Soap and hand sanitizer
How to avoid COVID-19
Other precautions you can take to limit the spread of germs and prevent infection include:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick, too.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, it may prevent those around you from getting sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Practice other good health habits, such as getting plenty of sleep and exercise, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food
What if you think you have the symptoms of COVID-19?
“Our recommendation would be to call your primary care physician or the Department of Health,” said David Rice, MD, senior vice president and chief quality officer for Baptist Health. “Of course, if you are exhibiting symptoms that are severe, then we recommend you proceed to an emergency room.”
Added Mobeen Rathore, MD, a pediatric infectious disease specialist and chief of Infectious Diseases at Wolfson Children’s Hospital: “The type of infection prevention and control that we do for COVID-19 is not any different than for many other [viruses],” he said. “The best thing everyone can do is practice good hand hygiene.”
Mask on, mask off?
Contrary to popular belief, facemasks are not effective in preventing COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illness.
However, a face mask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms.
“They are NOT effective in preventing the general public from catching #Coronavirus, but if health care providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk!” said U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD, the nation’s top doctor.
According to the CDC, a person is more likely to get infected by touching contaminated surfaces than from a droplet of liquid traveling through the air.
At Baptist Health, we want to help keep you and your family informed about COVID-19. We’re coordinating with the health department and following CDC guidelines to ensure the health and safety of our community. For more information, visit baptistjax.com/covid19.