The length of time that the COVID-19 can survive on fabric is still not clear. However, several clothing items have metal and plastic elements on which it might live for a few hours to several days. Good practices are needed to consider especially these times including changing your clothes when you return home after being in crowded places and washing your hands with soap and water right afterward.
When Doing Your Laundry At Home
- Clean your towels, clothes, and bedsheets regularly.
- Do not shake the unclean laundry to lessen the possibility of dispersing the virus via air.
- Launder items with detergent or soap using the warmest setting available and dry them completely. These steps help kill any present virus.
- Wash your hands with soap and water right afterward.
- Wash and disinfect as well your hamper and laundry bag. Consider keeping your laundry in disposable bags.
When Doing Laundry Outside Your Home
If you must use laundry accommodations outside of your home, take practical precautions:
HANDLING AND PREPARING FOOD
There is no clear evidence that people are catching COVID-19 from food or food packaging. It may be possible that people will be infected by touching an object or surface where the virus may be at and then touching their face. The greater risk of getting the virus is going outside for food shopping or receiving food delivery. It’s important to wear a fabric mask in public settings and keep a distance of at least 1 meter from others. As always, when handling food proper hygiene is important to prevent any food-borne illnesses.
Food Handling and Packaging Precautions
- Remove any excessive packaging and dispose of a waste bin.
- Remove food from take-out containers then place them on a clean plate.
- Before being opened or stored, packaging like cans can be wiped clean with a disinfectant.
- Wash fruit and vegetables thoroughly under running water.
General Food Hygiene Tips
- Before preparing any food, you need to wash your hands thoroughly with water and soap.
- To prepare uncooked meat and fish, use different chopping boards.
- Cook your food at the suggested temperature.
- Where possible, keep perishable items frozen or refrigerated, and pay attention to the expiration dates of the products.
- Intend to recycle or dispose of food waste and packaging in an appropriate and sanitary manner.
- Always use clean utensils and plates.
- After finishing these things, wash your hands again for at least 20 seconds.