With many years of experience in the field of infection control, Dr.BS. Nguyen Thi Thanh Ha – Vice President of Ho Chi Minh City Infection Control Association said: Hygiene and environment right at the F0 area during the isolation period are extremely important, the key cannot be forgotten; At the same time, ensuring environmental sanitation for F0 depends also on many related factors such as the type of cleaning chemicals, cleaning techniques, waste treatment as well as ensuring safety…
Accordingly, before cleaning and disinfecting, it is necessary to prepare adequate means of cleaning, prepare cleaning chemicals such as detergents and disinfectants (Chlorine is the recommended chemical).
In the absence of specialized disinfectants, ordinary detergents such as soap and clothes bleach can also kill SARS-CoV-2, but it is important to note the use of appropriate concentrations according to uses.
Chlorine concentration 0.1% – cleaning surfaces such as partitions, door handles; Chlorine concentration 0.5% destroys SARS-CoV-2 in places of coughing and spitting; Chlorine concentration 0.05% for washing clothes and fabrics of COVID-19 patients.
When mixing, there should be measuring tools, just enough amount to use during the day to ensure effectiveness, gloves and masks should be worn.
The cleaning needs to be done in a zigzag way, wiping from a clean place to a dirty place.
The places around the patient, where the patient touches such as beds, bedside cabinets, desks, audio-visual equipment, toilets, etc., need to be cleaned regularly.
The contact time between chlorine and agents should be at least 10 minutes before cleaning again.
Wastes need to be collected and treated separately, note the waste information F0 to support the collection and treatment, do not put it together with normal waste because there is a potential risk of dispersal.
Each family with F0 needs to have a separate waste container, with a lid, and it is recommended to use a container with a lid that can be opened in the form of a foot pedal to avoid having to open the lid by hand. yellow for related waste F0 to distinguish it from other wastes.
In addition to ensuring protective measures to prevent infection, it is necessary to pay attention to safety during the cleaning process, when using chemicals, use gloves because it can cause skin damage.
With equipment and machinery, it is possible to use an alcohol solution with a concentration of 60-80%, or use paper and wet wipes impregnated with specialized disinfectants. Be sure to unplug the power supply before cleaning to avoid unforeseen accidents.