With coronavirus cases spreading at a fast speed, the Indian government has taken some bold steps to extend the lockdown till the 3rd of May, 2020 to combat the global pandemic.

Since self-isolation has become the way of life in the current scenario. According to sources the virus can stay on surfaces for several hours and sometimes even for days. This is the time it is important to fumigate any surface where the virus might have even touched. Looking at the ongoing scenario we all are trying our best to maintain sterility but many still wonder what needs to be done. Here’s a guide for you through the correct path of protective measures you can take maintain sterility from this disease.

Sanitize your Hands

It's generally best to wash your hands with soap and water. Over-the-counter antibacterial soaps are no more effective at killing germs than is regular soap. Follow these steps:

• Wet your hands with clean, running water — either warm or cold.
• Apply soap and lather well.
• Rub your hands vigorously for at least 20 seconds. Remember to scrub all surfaces, including the backs of your hands, wrists, between your fingers and under your fingernails.
• Rinse well.
• Dry your hands with a clean towel or air-dry them.

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers, which don't require water, are an acceptable alternative when soap and water aren't available. If you use a hand sanitizer, make sure the product contains at least 60% alcohol. Follow these steps:

• Apply the gel product to the palm of one hand. Check the label to find out the appropriate amount.
• Rub your hands together.
• Rub the gel over all the surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry.

Sanitize your Home

CDC recommends we clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in our homes at least once daily just to be safe, assuming we have had contact with the outside world in some way, either a person leaving and returning or goods coming in.

Here’s how you should do it

1. First, clean the surfaces, removing any contaminants, dust, or debris. You can do this by wiping them with soapy water (or a cleaning spray) and a hand towel.
2. Then apply a surface-appropriate disinfectant.
3. If you aren't able to obtain disinfectants at this time, just do a thorough job with the soap or cleaning agents you do have.
4. Isopropyl alcohol or Hydrogen peroxide

Target Your Home's High-Touch Surfaces

Researchers have found that the novel coronavirus is capable of living on surfaces such as cardboard for 24 hours, but up to two or three days on plastic and stainless steel. Thus sanitizing high-touch surfaces is a very crucial step.

High-Touch Surfaces to Clean and Disinfect Daily:

• Doorknobs
• Table surfaces
• Hard dining chairs (seat, back, and arms)
• Kitchen counters
• Bathroom counters
• Faucets and faucet knobs
• Toilets (seat and handle)
• Light switches
• TV remote controls
• Game controllers

Sanitize your Gadgets

They’re high-touch surfaces you carry with you everywhere, so it is important to clean and disinfect them, too. Disinfecting wipes are the best way to clean your devices. Sanitize your phone with a disinfecting wipe or alcohol solution (at least 70 percent). Provide special attention on the screen, the buttons, and anywhere dust and pocket lint tend to get trapped. Remove any case that’s on your phone or tablet, clean underneath, put it back on, and clean the outside.

Disinfect your Clothes

Just washing your clothing with regular laundry soap and drying it at a slightly higher temperature than you might have otherwise is all you have to do to disinfect your clothes. Don't forget to clean your coat and backpack. Wiping the inside off with a disinfectant wipe should do the trick unless your jacket is machine washable.