Coronavirus Prevention: What to do Upon Arriving Home After Running an Errand

My Doctor Finder
May 21, 2020

One of the biggest things you could do right now to contribute to solving the COVID-19 problem is to stay at home. But of course, there are days when we absolutely need to go out and do errands, which leave us vulnerable/susceptible to come in contact with the virus. So how do we make sure we don't bring the coronavirus home?

  1. Wash Your Hands Immediately

One of the most common ways to spread the virus is through your hands. As you may know, COVID-19 is spread when mucus or droplets containing the virus get into your body through your eyes, nose or mouth. Most often, this can happen through your hands. So, when you return home from running an errand, avoid touching anything and wash or disinfect your hands immediately.

  1. Take of Your Shoes

Viruses, bacteria and fungi can live on the soles of your shoes for up to five days. Footwear is more likely to carry the coronavirus disease if they’ve been worn in public places like supermarkets, public transport, etc. This is why you should leave your shoes at the entrance of your home to avoid bringing bacteria inside your house.

  1. Remove Your Clothes and Place Them in the Laundry

Evidence suggests that the coronavirus may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials, one of which includes clothing. Clothing can hold respiratory droplets. And although these particles dry out over time and inactivate the virus, it doesn’t mean that it will happen quickly. So, remember to remove your clothes and wash them immediately as soon as you get home.

  1. Leave Your Belongings in a Box at the Entrance

Your bag, purse and keys are some of the things that you touch quite frequently. As these are things that are highly exposed to the virus, it would be best to leave the things you frequently use in a box at the entrance of your house.

  1. Take a Bath

It’s important to take a bath every day, especially if you’ve gone out of the house. Since the virus can be washed away by anything that lathers, your usual soap and shampoo should be enough to get the job done.

  1. Disinfect Things You Touch with Your Hands

Daily clean and disinfect surfaces you touch the most – like doorknobs, tables, switches, cellphone, etc. The quickest and easiest way to disinfect is with the use of wet wipes and/or alcohol.

  1. Clean Items You Bought Before Storing Them

Although there is no evidence to support the transmission of COVID-19 associated with food, it is suggested to wash raw produce with organic soap/natural dish soap. Though cooking does kill the virus, fresh produce that are eaten raw should be washed carefully. It’s also advised to throw away disposable grocery bags, disinfect your kitchen counters and wash your hands just to be safe.