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Coronavirus Lockdown, Is it All Bad?

7 positive Changes We Should Continue

We live in a busy world. Our schedules are filled with jobs, meetings, calls, hobbies, friends, and the list goes on and on. We Wake up early, rush around all day, come home late, hit the hay and do it all again the next day. Amidst all this noise and chaos, it’s easy to forget to stop, take a breath and smell the roses. This pandemic has caused a lot of headaches and commotion in our lives and a lot of pain in others. Is it all bad though? Here are seven things the coronavirus lockdown has forced us to do that I think we should all consider making permanent.

Spend more time with family

In our normal lives, it’s easy to neglect spending time with family. We make excuses like “I’m too busy” or “It’s been a long day, I’m tired”. Now we can’t make excuses. The world has been turned off and we have been told to stay home. Many have filled this extra time by consuming news and complaining about the situation, but others have taken this opportunity to spend time with their family and make the most of it. They are putting old board games to use, dusting off the basketball, and settling in for a nice movie night. The sad part is that as soon as this lockdown is over, people will revert to their normal lives and the excuses that come with it. Instead of doing that,  let’s make an effort to prioritize family time like we prioritize a work meeting.

 

Go for a walk

“The gym is closed! Orangetheory shutdown! What will I do?”. Yes I know we are all used to our nice air conditioned gyms with excessive amounts of equipment but this situation has a positive side as well. The amount of people I have seen out for a walk over the past couple of weeks has been nothing short of amazing. It’s not only walks either. I’ve seen people on bike rides, hiking, working out outside etc. People are putting away the screens and enjoying nature and I hope it’s something we can continue.

Develop new skills

What a wonderful time it has been to learn something new. You have nothing to do and nowhere to go, so why not hop on youtube and learn something new. During this lockdown I’ve seen everything from people learning to knit, to people learning to do a handstand. In our busy lives it is easy to become stagnant and not learn anything new but I challenge you to learn a new skill every 2-3 months even after the lockdown is over.

Save money for the next emergency

This crisis has taught us a lot about money, and it has definitely shown us that a lot of people were not financially prepared for an emergency. It’s hard to blame anyone because of how extreme and unprecedented this situation has been but it is something we can learn from to be better prepared for the next one. People have been forced to take inventory of their expenses and prioritize needs and wants. Now most people should have an idea of the minimum amount of money they should need in case of an emergency and can prepare for the next one.

Lend a helping hand

One of the most amazing things to come out of this pandemic is to witness the generosity and kindness of people. Sure we fight and argue a lot with each other about politics, religion, work etc. but when things get tough, we look out for one another. We make meals for the less fortunate, lend money to a neighbor to get them through the month, go to the grocery for an elderly person so they don’t have to leave their house and so on. I challenge anyone reading this to not make these acts of kindness exclusive to crisis but routine in everyday life.

 

Shop with local and small businesses

If one thing is evident, it’s that a worldwide lockdown is detrimental to the Small businesses. The larger companies have the resources to stay afloat, whereas some of these small businesses survive due to the business of people in the local community. Seeing the support and help people have extended to local businesses and the generous steps some of these businesses have taken to ensure the financial stability and health of their employees has been amazing to witness.

 

Stock up on toilet paper

To be honest with you, I’m not sure if I’m typing this as a joke or not….But maybe having a couple months supply of toilet paper isn’t such a bad idea.

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Reactive Disinfection vs Routine Disinfection

Reactive disinfection

Reactive disinfection includes disinfecting an area as a response to the area being contaminated by an infected individual. The disinfection process would undergo standard protocols and disinfect the entire area regardless of what the infected individual did or did not touch. The reason for this is because cross contamination can happen very easily. For example imagine the infected individual (we will call him john) coughed into his hand and proceeded to pour himself a cup of coffee from the pot in the breakroom. Ten minutes later Susan comes along and pours herself a cup. Now not only do the things that John touched need to be disinfected, but  the things Susan touched as well. For these reasons it is very important to disinfect an entire area to prevent the spread of contaminants.

Routine disinfection

Routine disinfection is similar to reactive disinfection in the protocol but different in the overarching objective. Like reactive, routine disinfection uses standard disinfection protocols to disinfect an entire area rather than just common touch points. The difference lies in the thought process behind the two. Reactive disinfection is exactly that, reactive. Routine, however, is implemented to “maintain” a healthy environment rather than “restore” an already contaminated one. A routine disinfection would include regular disinfection of things like phones and door knobs, as well as semi-regular and thorough professional disinfection.

The residual effect

When developing a disinfection plan and selecting a product or company, residual effect is something that you should pay attention to. The residual effect is the ability for a disinfectant to continue working long after it has been applied. For example Green Home solutions use an Enzymatic hospital grade disinfectant. The plant based enzymes in the product will continue to work as long as there is organic material ( bacteria, pathogens, mold etc.) to breakdown. The enzyme treatment is known as an active or catalytic treatment meaning they continue to work after initial delivery. Chemicals are typically stoichiometric, meaning they are consumed up all at once with no residual effect. Finding a product with some residual benefits can help maintain a healthy environment especially when coupled with a routine disinfection strategy.

Which is better for me?

As with most things, the answer depends. Germs spread easier in some environments than in others. For example the risk level of a gym is higher than the risk level of a cubicle style office. In a gym there is an excess of metal surfaces and  people are constantly picking things up that other people just put down. If you work in a cubicle style office space, there are fewer common touch points than in a gym. Things like the printer, door knobs etc. would have a few people touching them a few times a day, whereas in a gym that dumbbell you just picked up could have been touched by 50 people in the last few hours alone.

 

The safest bet when it comes to disinfection would be to use the routine method. With this method, not only do you disinfect areas after a known contamination has occured, you also disinfect areas that have been contaminated by someone who didn’t know they were contagious. Researchers conducted a study by randomly selecting 249 people. These people were observed and it was noted how often they touched common objects and how often they touched their face. The researchers found that the subjects typically touched common objects about 3.3 times per hour and their face about 3.6 times per hour. You may find it tough to track contamination across the many points of contact in your building and nearly impossible to know the exposure people had before coming into the building. With that being said, it just depends on the specific environment. Some factors to consider are types of surfaces, amount of traffic, open floor plan or private offices etc. Talking to an expert like Green Home Solutions can never hurt and as a general rule of thumb, better safe than sorry.

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6 Healthy Habits to Continue After Coronavirus Lockdown is Over

If there is one thing this pandemic has shown us, it is the importance of cleanliness and hygiene. All of the trivial things your mom told you to do as a kid apply now more than ever. Many people are focused on the coronavirus and how to stop it (as they should be) but this wasn’t the first virus and it certainly won’t be the last. This article will outline six healthy habits you should continue even after this virus has passed.

 

Wash Hands before you leave the house and as soon as you get home.

The goal is to wash your hands as frequently as possible. Wash your hands after leaving any place and after using the bathroom. The problem is there is not always a place to do so or you just forget. This is why washing your hands before you leave your house and as soon as you get home is a good minimum to shoot for. Washing your hands before you leave the house limits the pathogens and germs in your house from being transmitted to people outside your home. Washing your hands as soon as you get home limits the transmission of germs or pathogens from the outside world to your home.

 

Limit touching people outside your home

Yes we all love a good hug or a good handshake but, if at all possible, limit those actions to as few people as possible. Certain viruses and pathogens, like the coronavirus, are easily transmitted. A good way to slow transmission is to limit unnecessary contact with others.

 

Carry hand sanitizer with you or in your car

This follows along the same lines as washing your hands frequently. Having a bottle of hand sanitizer on hand or in your car can make it easy to keep your hands clean when moving from place to place. This not only helps prevent the transmission of disease to you but also from you.

 

Regular temperature checks

As you’ve probably heard from the CDC, members of the coronavirus task force, and people who work in the medical profession, regular temperature checks are a quick and easy way to help gauge potential infection and prevent the spread of viruses. While it’s not the most effective, considering people can be contagious without running a fever, the quickness and simplicity of it are well worth the benefits, even if they may be limited.

 

Avoid touching your face

DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE. As hard as this can be, it is very important to be aware of it. The less often you touch your face, the fewer opportunities there will be for a virus to infect you before you get the chance to wash your hands. It’s a simple concept that can be hard to put into practice but try your best.

 

Disinfect homes and offices frequently

Disinfect the places you spend a lot of time on a REGULAR BASIS. Ideally you would disinfect the office anytime you or someone else left and/or came in but we all know that is unrealistic. Try to disinfect things as you use them and keep your hands clean to help limit the need for other disinfection. We at Green Home Solutions recommend at MINIMUM, a thorough cleaning and disinfection once every three months.