The COVID-19 coronavirus disease has taken the world by storm and surprise. While some countries are adopting stringent measures in order to avoid being hit with the grim realities of the disease, others, such as Italy and Iran have unimaginable infection cases and body counts resulting from deaths.
We have all been told the basic preventive measures we should adopt; wash your hands under running water with soap, do not touch your face — especially with dirty hands, etc. However, while there’s currently no known cure — with patients depending on immune system resilience and the passage of time to pull through — there are many places the virus could be hiding; waiting for the next person to infect.
Here are a few objects in your home or working space that act as hotspots or hiding places for the COVID-19 coronavirus. Take your time to clean, and disinfect these in order to reduce your chances of contracting the disease from the least expected places.
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COVID-19 domestic hotspots
Below are the top six hiding places the coronavirus and other germs can lie in wait without you suspecting.
Whether for the television, or fan and air conditioner — remote controllers are often used without much thought given to their cleanliness. These are rarely cleaned because everyone assumes they are not heavily used objects. But think about it, once you touch it after an infected person does, the virus is ‘handed over’ to you too.
Remember that the coronavirus can survive for hours outside a host, and on certain surfaces, days. Use some rubbing alcohol with cotton wool to clean your device remote controllers before and after handling them.
Backpacks, handbags, purses, and wallets
Remember how you placed your handbag beside you on the floor, while you spoke to that customer service rep at the bank? Yes, that’s how easy it was for the virus to take a ride with you on the bus and into your home.
The same goes for purses and wallets. We often leave them on tables and other surfaces that may be harboring germs. After picking them up, they go straight into our pockets or backpacks and handbags together with the germs they befriended while sitting idle — waiting for you.
The proper solution for this is to have more than one of such accessories to go to town with. This would give you the time to clean and allow your backpacks and purses to dry in your absence — while you’re out with the spare. Another solution is to adopt the use of mobile payments; eliminating the need for wallets and purses at all cost. That leads us to the next point.
Your mobile phone is probably the most handled item you own. For some people, going to the washroom without their smartphone means a boring pooping session. That is even the biggest reason yet — why you shouldn’t touch other people’s phones — in the first place.
Mobile phones should be sanitized at least as often as you wash and sanitize your hands. You wouldn’t want to do all the necessary things only for your smartphone to be the reason why you get infected with COVID-19.
Just like mobile phones, computers are probably your second most used day-to-day item. Computer keyboards when left unsanitised would harbour a lot of germs. These germs and viruses get transferred to your fingertips and from there, God knows where next you’d transfer them.
Use sanitizing wipes on your entire computer, but most especially the keyboard — because that’s where you’re most likely to be touching throughout your working day.
Door handles and knobs
These shouldn’t be a big problem if you live alone. But even then, chances are that you’ve had a visitor or two. Or probably some deliveryman held your doorknob after dropping off your package.
Doors are certain to be handled with all sorts of hands — whether clean or dirty — and as with the examples above, go ahead and sanitise your doorknobs and handles to be on the safer side.
Counter tops, chopping boards and other surfaces
Counter tops are where a lot of things happen. That’s where some people leave their shopping bags. Most of us absentmindedly place our raw materials together with utensils on these surfaces — as well as cutlery — which most people don’t even rinse before eating with.
Cleaning counter tops, chopping boards, and and other kitchen surfaces, cutlery, and other utensils with soap under running water; before and after use, can save you from getting infected with the coronavirus.
Here in Ghana, the number of recorded cases stands at 21, with one death as at the time of publishing this piece. With the non-compliance for quarantine, social distancing, and self-isolation directives issued worldwide, it’s just a matter of time before you’d need to avoid your friends totally as all the cases were recorded within a week and half. There are more people out there, many of whom are asymptomatic. Protect yourself and protect your community by staying away. You may be immune, but someone else can catch it from you — without being so lucky.