Prepare your home to prevent coronavirus

Do not panic. We must be responsible and behave with civility and empathy since public health is at stake and needs citizen collaboration more than ever. In order to prevent the number of infections by coronavirus from continuing to grow uncontrollably, in addition to the measures adopted by the Government and the Autonomous Communities, It is recommended to the population, especially in the most affected areas such as Madrid, that they stay as long as possible in their homes, postponing social appointments and activities away from home..

Now is when the public can demonstrate that we are all coming together and that it is essential to follow these tips (based on the advice of the CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) to protect the population and not saturate hospitals, so let's continue the instagram movement #yomequedoencasa and we are going to prepare our home by creating an action plan, especially if you have children at home. Are you ready?


Before doing anything, the ideal is to draw up a plan. We are going to spend the weekend at home and go out just enough so we are going to organize ourselves for this new scenario that we are faced with that may also have its pros.

If you have to teleworkmake yourself a schedule and don't skip itWorking from home may seem very tempting, but any freelancer or freelance who has a habit of doing it can give you many cons.

Make a purchase but don't go crazy, supermarkets are not even closed in Italy, have your pantry with enough supplies but don't make your kitchen a warehouse. Sharing is living and, while replenishing in large areas, we can leave our neighbors without essential elements. A little while ago we were talking about an ideal cream to combat the dry hands produced by disinfecting gels, and they are still on the shelves.

You will have a lot of time to cook so plan your weekly meals based on the food you have in the fridge and pantry. Even you can freeze fresh food preparations to avoid having to discard food.

Reading, playing family games, watching a series marathon, movies, baking cookies … home life is very charming and maybe it's a good time to stop and see things from a slow life perspective.

Precautionary measures

Let's not lose sight of the objective, to avoid the spread of the virus, therefore you have to take a series of preventive measures even when you are at home, especially if a member of the family (or several) has to leave home to work or to carry out some essential management.

As a reminder, when you leave home avoid close contact with other people. If you feel sick stay at home resting except in serious cases that require medical attention in which case you would have to go see a doctor. If a family member is ill but not seriously ill, it is best to stay in a separate room.

Try not to touch your face, and if it costs you, follow these tips to prevent contagion.

When sneezing or coughing, the ideal thing is to do it in a disposable handkerchief or on the elbow, immediately after you discard the handkerchief and wash your hands. Frequent hand washing is one of the recommendations of the Ministry of Health and is the most important. Do this with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If you don't have access to the soap at the time, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. We know this is very difficult but try not to touch your face.

Keep the house clean and disinfected

Ventilate, clean and disinfect the house it is essential to keep the home virus free and decrease the risk of infection. It is important to clean first and disinfect later.

Especially cleans and disinfects surfaces that are frequently touched, such as door handles, light switches, toilets, remote controls, computer keyboards, mobile phones … Wear disposable gloves for them and wash your hands well immediately after removing them.

Clean the surfaces of the house with detergent or soap and water and ventilate daily. Both if someone is sick at home or if you want to carry out a thorough disinfection according to the OCU, you can use bleach, perfumes and respecting the recommended dose. Mix it with cold water, never with hot water since the heat evaporates the chlorine and the disinfecting function of the product with it. It also seems that chlorine is another tool to consider when effectively disinfecting the home.

As for porous surfaces such as curtains, rugs, cushions … it is recommended to wash them with warm or hot water in the washing machine and let them dry completely. With bedding, towels, clothing … it would be done the same way in hot water. If it is clothing that has been in contact with a sick person in the family, use disposable gloves and don't shake your clothes to avoid spreading the virus through the air. Wash all those clothes with hot water.

Above all, stay calm, the health services are working so that the problem is solved as soon as possible, they just need citizen help to get everything back to normal. We stay home to help them and to help others. Enjoy your home and yours spending quality time with them and spending more time with you. Surely you know how to get the most out of spending a few days at home. #yomequedoencasa and you?

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