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Safe Methods to Clean and Sanitize a COVID-19 Patient Room







One of the methods that have been approved to address the outbreak of the Covid-19 since its emergence is sterilizers, which are in fact with a high concentration of alcohol, and the most famous among them is ethanol. Because it is able to kill the virus, as the virus has a protein coat that is destroyed by alcohol, and destroying this coat is sufficient to eliminate the virus. Most sterilizers contain a high percentage of alcohol, but how to use it in a room with Corona so that it is safe for our health, this is what you will know in the following lines…

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Washing hands with soap and water is better than using sterilizing liquids, as the effectiveness of washing in killing the virus is higher than hand sanitizers. In addition, this method is less expensive and more economical. Soap contains substances that can kill bacteria by damaging their cellular membranes. Likewise, soap is effective against the Coronavirus because it destroys the structure of the lipid outer shell of the virus, and thus eliminate it. Also, soap and water are more effective in removing the virus from the skin of the hands, which prevents the transmission of infection that may result from the unclean hand touching the face.

You can use fabric bleach as a sterilizer as it destroys the cellular membrane of the virus, and damages its proteins and DNA. You should take care when using it as it must be mixed with water and used to clean surfaces only, such as elevators, handrails, door handles, table tops and etc. It cannot be used on the body of an infected person to get rid of the virus.

Steps to sterilize a Covid-19 patient’s room.

– Make sure to use a mask to protect the mouth and nose, before entering the patient’s room use clean gloves, keep the place well ventilated, and make sure to wash your hands with soap and water well for at least 20 seconds after completing cleaning and sterilization.

– Use sanitizers according to the instructions written on them without adding to them, and avoid mixing chemical products together.

– First start cleaning the surfaces most likely to be touched by the patient such as tables, shelves, bed frames, light switches, door handles, windows and mirrors, water taps, sink and toilet, and then clean the floors.

– Leave the surfaces wet with the disinfectant and leave them to dry, and repeat this daily, because the sanitizer only remains effective for 24 hours.

– Wear disposable gloves when handling the patient dirty laundry; like bed linen, towels, curtains, and carpets, make sure that they are as far from your face as possible, it is preferable to wash at a temperature between 60 and 90 degrees Celsius using chlorine, then clean the laundry bag of dirty clothes using chlorine solution.

– Sanitize the patient electronic devices, such as their cell phone, computer and remote controls, using alcohol-based wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol to disinfect touch screens.

– Wash the dishes and cups that used by patient in hot water and dish soap, it is better to use plastic dishes and spoons that can be disposed of after use.

– Place a garbage bin in the patient’s room, and it must be lined with a garbage bag, wear gloves before removing the bag, and be sure to keep it away from your face and body, then get rid of the gloves, and wash your hands well.

– After patient recovery, it is preferable to close his room for a week, then after this period it can be cleaned and sanitized, as it is the easiest and safest way.

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