It has been more than 3 months since the COVID19 pandemic began affecting the lives of us Filipinos, and up to now, I still cannot believe that we have to experience this unfortunate crisis. It makes me worry each day because COVID19 cases keep growing despite the countermeasures our government did to flatten the curve. I just wish that this is just part of a bad dream and all gone when I wake up. But sadly, it is really happening. Not just in the Philippines but worldwide.
As people say, this is the new normal.
And as long as a vaccine is not yet discovered to prevent this deadly virus, everyone especially kids, senior adults, and people with severe underlying medical conditions such as heart and lung disease or diabetes must stay indoors. Because according to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention or cdc.gov, the best way to prevent this illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
Apart from staying indoors, here are other ways to help your family keep protected against the COVID19;
Wash your hands often.
Always wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20-30 seconds, especially after you’ve been exposed in a public place, after you cough or sneeze or after using the restroom. Or why not sing the Happy Birthday song twice to make it more enjoyable. Moreover, don’t forget to teach your kids the value of handwashing not only because of the pandemic but also to maintain good personal hygiene.
For us to save water, wet your hands with clean running water, turn off the faucet and apply soap, and only turn it on again when it is time to rinse. Be sure to lather the back of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails to make sure no germs are left on your hands.
In our case, if there are any instances that I need to go out to run some errands, I make sure I prepared my clean clothes already before leaving the house. So, when I get back, I will just go straight to the bathroom to take a bath.
Disinfect your Home.
Ever since this pandemic started, I make sure to disinfect high-touch surfaces at home on a daily basis. Regular disinfectants are too strong and have a vaguely unpleasant scent. Since we have a baby whose immune system is susceptible to diseases, we use gentle disinfectants that not only kills 99.9% of germs but also leaves a fresh and calming scent because of its Eucalyptus ingredient.
We mix 1 ml (1/4 teaspoon) of the disinfectant to 2 cups of room-temperature water. This mixture is a safe level for toys, dishes, utensils, and food contact surfaces. You can level up the disinfectant mixture depending on the area being cleaned. Please note that you must begin your cleaning from the least soiled (cleanest) area to the most soiled (dirtiest) area in order to not spread the dirt to areas that are less soiled. And if there is still an extra solution left, I also included our car’s interior to clean and disinfect to make sure our car is also virus-free.
Clothes Washing and Car Disinfection.
During this pandemic, we must be vigilant in making sure that everything we touch is virus-free or make it virus-free especially when it comes to our clothes. So how do I thoroughly wash our clothes while trying to conserve water? What I do is collect and save the rinse water I used for washing our clothes and reuse them in washing our car. The effort might be doubled rather than just using the water hose, but think of the benefits it offers, not only you conserve water but also kind of have a mini-workout by lifting those water buckets.
Handling and Preparing Food.
Running to the grocery remains a necessity during this pandemic. But to tell you honestly, I am a bit wary about going to the grocery store and paranoid of the items that I bought. We can never be too sure about who and how the items were handled, right? The surfaces might be contaminated with the virus and by buying it, I might be bringing it to my home that I worked so hard to secure and keep safe.
So, this is what I do, I make a mix of clean water and soap or detergent on a spray bottle beforehand. In that way, I just use enough amount of water I needed when disinfecting our grocery items. Then I use a clean towel and use the mixture to wipe-off the potential virus and bacteria on the outer packaging of each item. Especially on my kids’ snacks, I make sure that before I open and give it to them, the wrappings of the snack have been wiped-off clean.
Needless to say, water is very important for all of these activities.
So I am grateful that we have enough water supply, particularly during COVID-19. I am more confident that my family is safe from the possible spread of the virus by religiously cleaning our bodies and disinfecting the things that we are using. So I am less worried about the safety of my family, especially my kids.
I know that all of us are adjusting to this “new normal” and I also know that Filipinos can overcome this situation. So, guys let’s try to keep safe, clean, sanitized, and do our best effort to consume water wisely at the same time.