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Tip on opening and closing your front door

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When it comes to taking extra hygiene precautions, you can never be too safe.

Stringent new measures and inventive practices are rapidly being enforced across the country with

major supermarkets like Coles and Woolworths upping their hygiene measures to people being advised use their elbow when pressing the pedestrian button at traffic light crossings.

But what about your own home? A US doctor explained there is certain way you should be opening and closing your front door.

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‘When you come in, kick the door shut, wash your hands, then lock the door,’ a US doctor advises.
media_camera‘When you come in, kick the door shut, wash your hands, then lock the door,’ a US doctor advises.

“When you open the door from the outside of your home consider it dirty,” Dr Rahul Jandial, a dual trained neurosurgeon and neuroscientist from Los Angeles told the Today show this morning.

“When you come in, kick the door shut, wash your hands, then lock the door so you know the inside is clean.”

“That’s what we do in the operating rooms.”

Dr Jandial, who practises at the City of Hope, LA, advised people to really enforce this method in the household.

Touching door handles, and other similar hard surfaces, has a risk of transmission for up to 72 hours, according to Business Insider.

Scientists from the Greifswald University Hospital and Ruhr-Universität Bochum, both in Germany, recently compiled information from 22 studies on coronaviruses.

Touching door handles, and other similar hard surfaces, has a risk of transmission for up to 72 hours, according to Business Insider.
media_cameraTouching door handles, and other similar hard surfaces, has a risk of transmission for up to 72 hours, according to Business Insider.

The study revealed coronaviruses can remain infectious on inanimate surfaces at room temperature for up to nine days, the Medical News Today reported.

But the survival time depends on surface and the conditions, says Prof Jürgen Haas, the head of infection medicine at the University of Edinburgh.

“The lower the temperature, the longer the survival time. If the temperature is warmer, the survival time of the virus goes down,” he told The Guardian.

HOW TO CLEAN YOUR MOBILE PHONE

While you may want to clean your smartphone, some substances can damage the device.

Dr Lena Ciric, a microbiologist from University College London, says you can effectively clean your phone using just household soap and water, but advised not to dunk your phone in water or under a running tap.

“All major phone makers warn against using chemicals, hand gels and abrasive wipes as this can damage the screen’s protective coating,” Dr Ciric told BBC.

Apple, for example, recommends to only use a soft, lint-free cloth, to keep liquids away from the product, unless otherwise noted for specific products and not to get moisture into any openings. Instead it advises to use 70 per cent isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox disinfecting wipes.

You can effectively clean your phone using just household soap and water - but don’t put it under a running tap.
media_cameraYou can effectively clean your phone using just household soap and water – but don’t put it under a running tap.

“The alcohol quickly evaporates from the surface of your phone and kills all the microbes. Don’t use Dettol wipes, or any other type that needs to be left on the surface for a certain period in order to work, because this will interfere with the phone’s functioning,” Dr Ciric wrote for The Guardian.

“You can also just use soap and water. Clearly don’t put your phone under running water, even if it’s water-resistant. Moisten a cloth or a paper towel with washing-up liquid or hand soap – something that foams, with a detergent in it. Wipe it over the phone, then wipe that off with a cloth or paper towel moistened with water. You might have to do that a couple of times to get rid of the soapy bits. Then dry it – that will do the trick.”

CROSSING THE ROAD

Pedestrians are advised to use an elbow, or a hand covered by a glove or piece of paper towel when pressing the pedestrian button at traffic light crossings.

It is recommended to always wash your hands after handling a petrol pump.
media_cameraIt is recommended to always wash your hands after handling a petrol pump.

HANDLING CASH

Coins and bank notes are some of the dirtiest objects humans handle and pass on from person to person in normal daily life — they should be avoided.

Woolworths has posted signs on self serve machines which accept cash, saying “use tap and pay wherever possible”, along with advice about using a trolley length as a social distancing measure.

The World Health Organisation has warned that banknotes may transmit the disease.

“We know that money changes hands frequently and can pick up all sorts of bacteria and viruses,” a WHO spokesman told the Telegraph.

“We would advise people to wash their hands after handling banknotes, and avoid touching their face.”

It has been advised to use contactless payment options wherever possible, to minimise the risk.

It is also advised to wash your hands or use a hand sanitiser after using an ATM.
media_cameraIt is also advised to wash your hands or use a hand sanitiser after using an ATM.
It has been advised to use contactless payment options wherever possible.
media_cameraIt has been advised to use contactless payment options wherever possible.

ATMs

According to Wire Cutter, being careful when interacting with ATMs or grocery store pin pads, which are touched regularly. If you do touch one of these things, wash your hands or sanitise as soon as possible.

HANDRAILS

Escalators, tube handrails, banisters – all will be touched constantly, potentially by thousands of people a day. “If you’re on public transport, there’s no way not to touch the handrails,” Dr Christine Tait-Burkard, an expert in infection and immunity at the Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh, told The Guardian. “So when you get off, disinfect your hands.”

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