We all know it. We’ve heard it time and again, on the radio, on television, we read it in the newspapers, on social media, friends and colleagues are talking about it…
“We have to stay safe and careful or things might get scary.”
But we’re here to tell you that, while that’s important, it doesn’t mean that we have to seclude ourselves forever and live in a rabbit hole. We’re social creatures. And it would be unfair to our very nature to impose such a radical lifestyle on humans.
The disaster epidemiologist K.C. Rondello have said it:
“To some extent, this is a numbers game. It is nearly impossible to get your risk down to zero, so the next best thing is to minimize your risk as best as you can.”
So the big question is: Can we welcome guests at home and still feel safe?
“An individual's home is meant to be a sanctuary from the outside world, said the medical professional, and in the midst of a pandemic, that refuge must be biologically secure as well.
Every time someone comes into your home from the outside, risks go up a little bit higher. You do not need to live as a hermit and avoid all human contact, but you do need to make smart choices. That starts by limiting both the number of people going in and out and the number of times they do it.”
Now, what would this mean if we converted it into action steps?
Here are the simple but effective steps that you need to follow:
-Before the guests arrive
- Have THE conversation: Make it all super clear in the invitation, put all the weird stuff upfront (we’ll talk about them in the next phase) so you don't have to explain it when they come, that way everyone’s worries are eased
- Prep your home: Instead of having a common hand towel that everyone uses, put out an extra towelette for the guests
- Disinfect your house to keep the guest safe and open the windows to ventilate the rooms and let the sun give you a little hand with disinfection
-When guests come
- Make these the new norm:
“Make sure they wash their hands thoroughly for 30 seconds with soap and water before any care is completed. Remind them not to touch their face, mouth, nose or eyes while in the home.”-Carl Fichtenbaum, a professor of clinical medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
- Sharing is not caring in this situation: make sure everyone uses a separate plate, cutlery, and drinking glasses
- Make sure people are not breathing in each other’s faces when you seat your guest at your dinner table
-After guests leave
- The golden ticket to safety:
“Disinfect surfaces that the visitor touched.” -Brian Sansoni, senior vice president of communications at the American Cleaning Institute
⚠️Careful here, do not use any of the toxic chemical disinfectants that have been so largely marketed, especially in this past year, because they are actually extremely dangerous to the air you breathe, and are loaded with harmful substances from endocrine disruptors and carcinogens to respiratory system irritants which have been proven to cause allergies, asthma, and even pneumonia.
What we recommend is a chemical-free, alternative like UVGI, which harnesses the natural powers of the sunlight. One of the best brands on the market is Uvlizer. It’s a family-friendly, quick and effortless solution that will rid you of any risky microbes, bacteria, or viruses that may be lurking in the house.
- Make sure that the plates, glasses, and cutlery that your visitors used are miticously washed.
- Directly put the towels that they used in the washing machine, or you can also refrain from touching anything and simply run a cycle of Uvlizer, since it also works for any household item that you’d want to disinfect.
Wasn’t it great? You were able to have a beautiful night with the people you love, without compromising your health, nor theirs, all it took was a little extra attention and effort.