Experts urge regular sanitation, disinfection to curb spread of coronavirus

Marje Pelayo

MANILA, Philippines — In the face of a health crisis like coronavirus disease (COVID-19), everyone has a role to play.

Primarily, every individual has the responsibility to help contain the spread of any health risk which, at present, is the novel coronavirus.

On Monday (March 9), Philippine health authorities confirmed the first local transmission of COVID-19.

For a certain period of time, the Philippines maintained only three confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection.

But in the succeeding days, the number jumped from three to 10, to 20, to 24 with the most recent spike coming from the additional nine confirmed cases, bringing the total number to 33.

If the transmission gets out of control, it can lead to sustaining community transmission.

Experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) say, however, that there is not a study yet that proves COVID-19 is airborne or can be transmitted through air.

So far, only human to human is the known mode of transmission for COVID-19 through droplets of body fluids during skin contact or contacts to objects contaminated with body fluids of the infected person.

“I’d just like to highlight that with localized transmission, the thrust of our activities will cover five areas: that’s public health measures; improving clinical management, including infection prevention and control,” noted WHO Country Representative Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe.

The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (USCDC), meanwhile, emphasized the importance of sanitation and disinfection at home, the very first community where family members come in close contact.

Keeping our homes clean and disinfected will minimize threats of viral infection and other microbes.

Disinfection should first be performed in ‘high-touch’ objects or things commonly used at home like tables, chairs, door knobs, electrical switch, diner and kitchen wares among others.

These are among the first items that an infected person may contaminate.

They can be sanitized by washing them with detergent soap.

Then after, disinfect by using water and bleach solution or alcohol solution, 70% alcohol solution to be specific.

The DOH added that among the areas inside the house that needs regular cleaning includes the bedroom, toilets, the window glasses and other areas usually serve as breeding ground for germs and viruses.

“Doon pa lang sa inyong tahanan baka kayo’y makapagkalat na ng mga iba’t-ibang impeksyon, (Just inside your house, you might have been spreading a variety of infections),” Duque warned.

Apart from regular house cleaning and disinfecting, the DOH reminds the public to observe proper hygiene at all times, avoid crowded places and do self-quarantine if experiencing early symptoms of the disease.

On top of everything, it is still best to boost once’s immune system and maintain a healthy diet to keep protected from all forms of infections. MNP (with inputs from Dante Amento)

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