During these troubling times, the DeVere team would like to help you stay as healthy and safe as possible. We’ve compiled a guide on up-to-date recommendations to navigate the Coronavirus pandemic and to prepare for the future from the Mayo Clinic and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Physical and Mental Health
It probably won’t come as a surprise, but, the Mayo Clinic recommends getting good sleep, eating right, and exercising to improve physical health.1 These habits will help equip you to tackle the new challenges that the pandemic throws our way, as well as helping you stay at your best to support others. Remember to clean and disinfect with a product like One Step Quaternary Cleaner and Disinfectant when using shared exercise equipment.
For mental health, set a daily self-care routine, focusing on things you can control, and trying to keep your mind in the present.1 These tips may help ease your mind amid the current chaos and they can reduce worry. Focus on the things closest to you and don’t dwell on the latest government mandate or other items you can’t change. A good sanitizing regimen will help you responsibly stay active and engaged with others.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
Cleaning your home is an important safety measure and an important part of any self-care routine: especially if it contains someone who has Coronavirus. Be sure to clean a surface prior to disinfecting if it’s visibly dirty. Disinfectants like One Step Quaternary Cleaner and Disinfectant and Security Cleaner and Disinfectant will both clean and disinfect (sometimes it takes two steps) while QDII Sanitizer needs to be applied to a relatively clean (<5% soil load) surface.
Hard (Non-Porous) Surfaces: Consult EPA’s EPA’s List N. This list will help you determine the most appropriate disinfectant for the surface or object. Our newest disinfectant (Security Cleaner and Disinfectant) is one of the many DeVere products on this list and a great way to kill the virus before it can spread.
Soft (Porous) Surfaces: The CDC recommends removing visible contamination and using products “that are EPA-approved for use against the virus that causes COVID-19 and that are suitable for porous surfaces”.2 QDII Sanitizer can be used on all types of surfaces and works as a laundry sanitizer and fabric softener.
Electronics: The CDC suggests following “the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products” applicable to your electronics. When in doubt, use QDII Food Service Sanitizer to sanitize any waterproof surface without harming it.
Washing your hands is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself from COVID-19. The CDC advises that you disinfect your “hands often, including immediately after removing gloves and after contact with an ill person, by washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available and hands are not visibly dirty, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol [Bac-San has 70%] may be used. However, if hands are visibly dirty, always wash hands with soap and water”.2 One should avoid “touching [their] eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands”.2 This will reduce your ingestion of the virus, therefore, reducing your chances to contract it. Consider a powerful, FDA-regulated disinfectant hand soap like Fresh Foam Disinfectant Soap when washing hands.
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This pandemic presents many new challenges. Taking the necessary precautions such as wearing a face mask and washing your hands for the foreseeable future will help reduce the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic. Focusing only on what you can control is a great way to reduce stress and worry. We at Devere wish you the best in your efforts to stay happy and healthy. We are all in this together and every little thing you can do will help those around you.
1. Reichert, Sarah. “Self-Care Tips during the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Self-care during the COVID-19 pandemic – Mayo Clinic Health System. Mayo Clinic Health System, April 7, 2020. https://www.mayoclinichealthsystem.org/hometown-health/speaking-of-health/self-care-tips-during-the-covid-19-pandemic.
2. “Cleaning and Disinfection for Households.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, July 10, 2020. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cleaning-disinfection.html.