Can I allow cleaners into my home? Answering your questions about the COVID-19 coronavirus

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Is it safe for cleaners to enter my home?

With so many provinces entering the stages of reopening, Canadians like Jeremy S. Asked if they could invite their cleaning service to their home.

If you live in Ontario, for example, you’ve entered the province The first phase of reopening this weekallowing domestic workers such as maids, nannies and cooks to resume work – although Ontarians are still technically required to limit contact with those inside their homes.

So, while people may be allowed to clean in your home, there are some precautions customers and cleaning staff can take to make sure everyone stays safe, including maintaining physical distance.

“If you can avoid sharing airspace while someone is in your home, and avoid everyone going out when they are sick, that should make sense,” said Dr. Lenora Saxinger, an infectious disease expert at the University of Alberta.

“Especially if you can get out of the house whenever [they] Come on and don’t spend time in the same area, it seems reasonable to me for that to happen.”

Jeff Bidlow, a workplace safety consultant in Ontario, agrees, and says that if leaving the house isn’t an option, a client can self-isolate in a room that isn’t cleaned. He also stressed that both the client and the worker should be free of any symptoms of COVID-19.

“It’s really a partnership for protection,” he said.

People who work in domestic services often go to multiple homes a day – especially in the case of cleaning services.

Pedlow said it’s important that all tools used, such as a mop and sponge, be disinfected or replaced after each use and between each dab.

“Vacuum cleaners should only be owned by the company, not by the homeowner,” Padlow said. “But if it’s the homeowner, it must be disinfected before it can be used.”

You may also want to keep windows and doors open, University of Winnipeg microbiologist Kevin Coombs suggests.

“If the weather permits, keep ventilation open,” he said, which could reduce pollution buildup.

The Ontario Department of Health has directed us to these Best Practice Guidelines This includes limiting the number of people in the workspace at any one time – and of course keeping hands clean and avoiding touching your face.

They also say the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) should be a “last resort” because PPE is only effective if people wear it correctly.

“Workers need training in PPE that includes installation, use, care, maintenance, cleaning and limitations of PPE,” the document says.

If you have underlying medical conditions, you may want to speak to your doctor before inviting your cleaning service into your home.

I wash my hands when I get home. Should I also wash my face?

“Wash your hands and don’t touch your face,” has been a public health mantra since this pandemic began, but Ted S. wonders if you should go ahead and wash your face, too.

“Wash your face, thoroughly,” said infectious disease specialist Dr. Somon Chakrabarti, of Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga, Ontario. “But there is no need to do it more often or differently. Do it as you normally would, with something that is safe to use on your face.”

“Natural facial hygiene is good,” said Dr. Zane Shagla, MD, an infectious disease physician and assistant professor at McMaster University in Hamilton.

“You are likely to contaminate your hands [than] Chagla said, “When you’re on casual contact in public — even when you keep your distance.

A concern warns that people should “be very careful when removing the mask so that one does not contaminate one’s face while taking it off”.

So no need to rush to wash your face when you come home from the market – unless there is a chance, perhaps, that you will touch it with dirty hands.

Can perfume spread the corona virus? What about soap bubbles?

The short answer to both questions probably isn’t either, which is why.

The perfume and bubbles are “small aerosols that the virus usually dries up quickly,” Shaggla explains.

“Many of them contain detergents and alcohol, which are toxic to the virus,” he said.

Chakrabarti agrees, saying “there is no good evidence that the coronavirus can spread” through perfume or soap bubbles.

“Dress your Christian Dior and blow bubbles with your kids to make your heart happy,” Chakrabarti said.

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