We are all in COVID-19 period and we all have to stay in home quarantine until we get the vaccine. Also, some of us have patients who are affected by the virus and have to stay in home isolation. This is because, fortunately, their symptoms are not very dangerous. The question is how to keep clean if there is an ill person at home? Here we offer some important recommendations put forward by health specialists and health organizations to safely pass the COVID-19 period in case you have a patient affected by the virus at home.
Recommendations for Caretakers
- The patient should have two care takers at maximum.
- Always wear a mask. If you don’t have a COVID-19 patient at home, you don’t need to wear a mask, otherwise, everybody should wear one.
- You can use home-made masks as well. They can very well prevent affections with the virus.
- Change your disposable mask every 2 hours. In case you are using home-made masks wash and change the mask as recommended.
- Do not touch the patient’s or your own mask. If happened, wash or disinfect your hands immediately.
- Keep your social distancing as possible with the ill person (at least 1 meter).
- Often wash your hands with soap and water or detergents used to wash the dishes.
- Use disposable gloves. Make sure you wash your hands after removing the gloves.
- There is no need to use gowns a home.
- Do not wash or spray bleach or any kind of sanitizers on your masks.
Recommendations for Home Cleaning
- Use sanitizers with at least 60% to 70% alcohol to disinfect your hands or clean the surfaces.
- You can make you own home-made sanitizers by simply adding 1/3 cup of household bleach per one gallon of water.
- Be sure to make such home-made solutions daily as they lose their effects on the virus over 24 hours.
- If possible assign a separate room to the COVID-19 patient.
- A COVID-19 patient should not leave his/her room unless very necessary.
- Disinfect all surfaces including tables, chairs, doorknobs, remote controls, bathrooms, etc.
- Disinfect bathrooms each time they are used by the patient.
- Separate the patient’s trash bin from regular household wastes.
- COVID-19 patients should eat and drink separately.
- Check all ventilation at home. Upgrade the filters at the highest grade provided by the manufacturer.
- Keep windows and fans at bathrooms operating continuously as possible.
Recommendations for Carpets and Laundry
- Do not vacuum or disinfect a room with people in it. If vacuuming or disinfecting the patient’s room help him/her to leave the room for a short period of time.
- Clean and vacuum the carpets, rugs and curtains as usual. Disinfect if there is any blood, stool or body fluid on them.
- Always disinfect the carpets, rugs and curtains in the patient’s room.
- When using disinfectants always leave the windows open and keep the ventilation operating.
- Do not use moist or wet towels. Be sure to dry all towels and laundry before use.
- All bed linen and bed covers should be washed and disinfected using household bleach.
- All bed linen, bed covers, clothing and any other laundry used for the ill person should be packed in lined plastic bags and washed separately.
- All laundry used by the patient must be washed daily by water at 60 to 90 C.
- In case you are not sure of the water temperature wash the laundry and clothing with the warmest water temperature recommended by the manufacturer.
- After the patient’s complete recovery from the disease ask a carpet cleaner’s best deal service to wash and disinfect the carpets, tiles, and furniture to make sure there are not viruses or germs lurking around the house.