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In the Kitchen: Prevent the Spread of Viruses and Germs (Infographic)

Posted on: April 23, 2020

As the number of people infected with COVID-19 continues to increase, maintaining the disinfection of your home, especially the kitchen, is now a crucial step towards preventing the transmission of the virus.

Considering the amount of time everyone spends in the kitchen, it is no doubt that such an area can be an ideal environment not only for viruses but also for certain species of bacteria to grow.

To help you keep your family safe and healthy during the COVID-19 crisis, here are some of the information that you need to know for averting the spread of viruses and germs in the kitchen.

Knowing the Different Sources of Contamination

Viruses and germs can be transmitted from one person to another through the following ways:

  • Hand-to-hand or hand-to-food contact – Most viruses and germs cause can cause cold, flu, and other several diseases. A person suffering from such illnesses can contaminate almost anything and anyone by simply having physical contact.
  • Raw meats and fish – Carcasses of animals tend to become ideal carriers of disease-causing bacteria. That’s why cooking them properly is a must to prevent contamination.
  • Fruits and vegetables – Parasites that carries germs and viruses could linger within the internal and leafy portions of your vegetables and fruits, so it’s important to wash them during meal preparation or before consumption.

Be Mindful of Your Kitchen Gadgets and items

Your kitchen items and appliances can also become a contributor to the spread of germs and viruses. Examples include:

  • Cutting boards
  • Sponges
  • Dishrags/Scrubbers
  • Towels
  • Refrigerator
  • Garbage Disposals
  • Sink Drains

Identifying the Difference between Cleaning and Disinfecting

Cleaning and Disinfecting might sound like a couple of highly correlated terms, but they actually have their own distinctions. When you think of a clean kitchen, you will most likely imagine an area free of any clutter, and all of the things are carefully organized. However, a kitchen can look clean and yet still get contaminated by germs and viruses. This can be a good time to do some disinfection.

Disinfection is the certain application agents that are designed to kill different types of bacteria and even viruses. Cleaning and disinfecting are equally important for combating potential contamination of COVID-19 into your home. It is important to remember that you should clean your kitchen before disinfecting the area.

How Often Should You Wash Your Hands?

It’s always the best time to wash your hands when:

  • Before eating
  • Before and after preparing food
  • After cleaning to the food prep area
  • After using the bathroom
  • After caring for a sick person
  • Basically, every time you come in contact with something you think is contaminated.

Reminders When Washing Your Hands

  • Use soap and preferably warm water.
  • Wash every part of your hands from the fingers, palms, to the back of your hands, fingernails, and wrists.
  • Washing your hands should take at least 20 seconds, roughly the time it takes to sing ABC.
  • Rinse your hands afterward.

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