Many people are thinking about ways to keep their space healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are a few things you can do today:
1) Upgrade to a HEPA filter in your AC unit.
Most scientist agree that COVID-19 is airborne and transmits most easily through this method. If the COVID-19 virus is in your home, the HEPA filter could capture it and prevent it from spreading. HEPA filters are more expensive than standard filters because they capture smaller particles. Don't forget to change your AC filter regularly (ideally every two months). It can be expensive, but your health is worth it. Honestly, even without the worries of COVID-19, a HEPA filter in your AC unit will help capture all the dust particles that are sneaking into your loft now from freeways and streets.
2) Take off your shoes when you come home.
If you live in DTLA, this should be standard practice even without COVID-19 to worry about. Get yourself some nice house shoes and leave the street shoes at the door.
3) Disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
The good news is that surface transmission of COVID-19 is quite rare (not impossible, but rare). That said, disinfection of frequently touched surfaces is just good practice.
4) Wash your hands as soon as you come home.
Instead of wearing gloves, wash before you leave and as soon as you get home. Wash your hands right before you put on your mask and then after you take it off. This helps prevent transmission.
5) Open the Window.
If you can, open your windows when possible and especially if you have essential workers in your home. Opening the window helps circulate the air. If COVID-19 is present, opening the window helps reduce the concentration of the virus in your space. The downside of opening the window is the noise pollution and dust will make its way inside. You don't have to keep the window open all the time, but opening it up at least once a week will help circulate the air in your space.
6) Put your cloth face mask in the hamper.
Treat your used cloth face mask they way you would treat used underwear. Place it in the hamper as soon as you take it off! It may be tempting to leave it on the kitchen counter, or on the floor, but do you really want what may be on it spread all over your dining table? Not a good idea!
We hope you have found these tips helpful. Oranges & Lemons is here to help our neighbors make their lofts comfortable and clean and we look forward to helping our neighbors any way we can.