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Equipping your home against viruses, diseases

/ 04:18 AM March 14, 2020

COVID-19 is grounding all of us in our homes. Health specialists note that among the best measures to keep the infection away is to limit mobility to important errands and emergencies, and if possible, to just stay in.

That measure implies that the home is free of the vulnerabilities. For anyone to feel confident that staying home is the best way to avoid the disease, the home must first and foremost be free of the virus. Second, it must enable its dwellers to protect themselves from becoming carriers. The home that is equipped to fend off COVID-19 is the one that has tools for regular disinfection and proper hygiene. Here are some home essentials that can help you keep your home and loved ones safe.



It’s actually easy to make a home-made disinfectant solution, but using it can be inconvenient sometimes. A sprayer helps spread the solution evenly on surfaces and target certain hard-to-reach areas, such as nooks and crevices.


Rugs can easily wear out, so if you must wipe surfaces and items regularly, you must also stock up on this. Just make sure to look for the appropriate ones so you don’t end up scratching your items.



If the disinfection involves larger areas, it would be wiser to use mops instead of rugs. You can choose the ones that come with buckets so you’ll just have to dip the mop on the disinfectant solution.


Proper hand hygiene requires soap or alcohol-based sanitizers. You must make sure that everyone at home uses them by making these more accessible. For instance, soap dispensers should be placed right beside your sink to encourage them to constantly and properly wash their hands.

Tissue holders

Another hassle of handwashing is drying the hands. To solve this, put the tissues in a strategic place near the sink. Placing it inside a tissue holder helps keep the place tidy. This may also come in handy when a member catches a cold and needs to blow his or her nose.

Garbage bins

All the activities happening at home will produce more garbage, so you may need extra bins. You will also need this to isolate waste from someone who may suddenly develop flu-like symptoms or a seeming contagious infection.

For more news about the novel coronavirus click here.
What you need to know about Coronavirus.
For more information on COVID-19, call the DOH Hotline: (02) 86517800 local 1149/1150.

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