Thursday, December 24, 2020

How to Protect You and Your Home Against COVID-19 this Christmas

This is a guest post by Maggie Hammond. Proud mama to two little people, and has one too many furry friends. Passionate about alternative medicine, the great outdoors and animal welfare.

2020 has been one of the strangest years on record. Since the start of the year, the COVID-19 pandemic has been the talking point of the nation and world, with infection rates currently standing at 76.4 million worldwide, and 1.69 million deaths.

As a homeowner, it’s your duty and responsibility to keep yourself and those who live with you safe and protected against the virus. And with the festive season now in full swing, keeping you and your loved ones out of harm's way is more important than ever. So, here are some strategies on how to protect you and your property against the coronavirus.

Wash Your Hands Regularly

Whether you’re tasked with cooking Christmas dinner or washing the dishes afterwards, you need to get into the routine of regularly washing your hands with soap and water. All kinds of germs and bacteria can accumulate on your hands, which is why washing your hands is a must for preventing infections and viruses like COVID-19. You can go one step further and sanitize your hands, especially if you have been outside and in public. 

Disinfect Surfaces

There are many frequently touched surfaces that you and your loved ones will touch on a day-to-day basis. Whether it’s a kitchen cabinet, door handle, or toilet flush, you must get into the routine of disinfecting surfaces frequently throughout the day. This is a good habit to have outside of Covid, of course. There are disinfectant sprays you can buy from that will keep your home and surfaces free from COVID-19. Clean surfaces prevent the spread of germs and bacteria period, so they're never a bad thing. 

Shop Safe

Instead of braving the supermarkets to stock up on the essentials and treats for Christmas, why not shop online instead? Even if you are taking extra precautions when in the supermarket, the easiest way to avoid the risk of COVID-19 in general is curbside pickup or grocery delivery. The more we can stay out of the stores, the better.

Open Windows

If family members are coming to your house for Christmas dinner, you need to take extra precautions. As you will be spending time in an enclosed space with people outside your household, doing what you can to ventilate your space is key for preventing transmission of COVID-19. Should a member of your party have the virus without knowing, opening your windows, washing your hands, and keeping a reasonable distance will reduce the risk of getting the coronavirus. 

Lay Down Rules

While most family members will be aware of what action to take to stop the spread of COVID-19, and most will be staying at home, you may need to lay down some house rules before welcoming guests in if you have agreed upon a small gathering. Whether it’s taking shoes off at the front door or using a hand sanitizer before coming in, there are several things your loved ones can do to help slow down the spread of COVID-19.

Although we find ourselves in unprecedented times, there are things you can do to minimize the risk of contracting COVID-19. Following the advice above and putting it into practice will significantly reduce the danger of catching and spreading the coronavirus. 

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