The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light the different ways people can get infected by disease-causing viruses and other pathogens.

The Noval Coronavirus spreads via person-to-person transmission when someone infected disperses respiratory droplets in the air and surfaces through coughing and sneezing. The droplets contain the virus which can remain viable and active even for days.

As such, it’s very important to clean and properly disinfect frequently-touched surfaces and objects inside the house, more so as families are isolated in their homes and can be highly susceptible to viruses as they observe quarantine protocols.


Doorknobs, staircase handrails, windows, refrigerator and cabinet handles, light switches, sofas, beds, pillows, mattresses. These are just some of the frequently-touched surfaces that people should be wary of – places where germs and viruses can easily build-up, but could be easily sanitized with disinfectant sprays.

One should also pay attention to tables, chairs, countertops, and study desks, which are just some of the places that can serve as a breeding ground for pathogens. These places are those which people not only frequently touch but are places where they usually put down their phones and other electronic gadgets. These could be disinfected with multi-action cleaners.

Objects frequently touched and shared among family members such like Remote Controls for your sound systems, game consoles, and air conditioning are ideal carriers for the novel coronavirus. It is best to sanitize these regularly with disinfectant wipes.

Viruses can also thrive in places such as toilet bowls, toilet seats, faucets, shower curtains, mats, and sinks because of the damp surfaces and moist surroundings they provide, while carpets and rugs can easily spread pathogens since people, especially kids, literally walk barefoot and sometimes even lay on them.

These can be cleaned and sanitized using toilet bowl cleaners and disinfectant concentrates which could be used on surfaces undiluted or diluted with water.

Getting rid of viruses from these frequently-touched surfaces and objects requires not only careful cleaning of organic matter such as germs and dirt but also a regular and thorough disinfection using household antibacterial and multi-purpose cleaners.

Get home cleaning products that can kill 99.9% of viruses and bacteria, such as Lysol disinfectant sprays and concentrates, multi-action cleaners, and anti-bacterial wipes.

For optimum efficacy, individual products should be used according to instructions found on their labels. It’s also advisable to wear disposable gloves while cleaning and disinfecting, or wash hands immediately after using disinfectants.

Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.