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RLNC #4 COVID 19
MASKS - MAKE YOUR OWN
To follow up our blog from last week regarding the use of masks, the CDC now advises the use of non-medical cloth-faced covering as an additional, voluntary public health measure. The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those items are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
Easy instructions (both video and written) on how to make masks at home:
U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Davis
CDC written explanations (with and without sewing)
CLEANING DURING SOCIAL DISTANCING AND SHELTERING AT HOME
It is important to remember to keep your cell phone clean. Phones are one of the dirtiest items we have and are a breeding ground for germs.
Cleaning iPhones and other Apple devices
Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox disinfecting wipes, you may gently wipe the hard, nonporous surfaces of your Apple product, such as the display, keyboard, or other exterior surfaces. Don't use bleach. Avoid getting moisture in any opening, and don't submerge your Apple product in any cleaning agents. Don't use on fabric or leather surfaces.
Cleaning Google phones and other products
In an email to Consumer Reports, a Google representative confirmed that it’s okay to use isopropyl alcohol wipes on the company’s devices (including the Pixel smartphone), without fear of causing damage. Consumer Reports has asked Samsung for similar confirmation on the use of wipes on its devices but has not yet received a response.
Cleaning Remote Controls
Multiple people in each household handle remote controls, and many times this involves dirty hands. Given the current pandemic and stay at home mentality, it is a good time to give all of the remote controls a good cleaning.
Household bleach or alcohol solution works, the CDC says.
- When using bleach, the CDC recommends mixing 4 teaspoons of bleach into a quart of water. (Just be sure to wipe the remote with a moist cloth after using the solution to prevent damage and discoloration.)
- When using alcohol, the solution should be at least 70 percent isopropyl alcohol.
- In both cases, you should be careful when using the solution near fabric or leather.
- Always wear gloves and be in a ventilated area.
- Remove batteries before cleaning.
- Turn the remote upside down, shake or tap it to dislodge any debris, clean between buttons and use compressed air if you have it.
- Do not spray solution directly onto the device. Instead use a wipe, paper towel or disposable cloth moistened with the cleaning solution.
- For harder to reach areas and between buttons you can use a cotton swab dipped in the cleaning solution.
- Stubborn debris can be dislodged with a dry toothbrush or toothpick.
- Let the remote air dry.
Approved COVID-19-fighting products, expanded list: American Chemistry Council compiled list of products pre-approved by the EPA for use against COVID 19. https://www.americanchemistry.com/Novel-Coronavirus-Fighting-Products-List.pdf
- Keep contaminated laundry separate.
- Handle soiled items with care.
- Use your detergent of choice.
- Dryer use is preferred over hanging clothes.
- After putting dirty laundry in your washer, disinfect all surfaces that may have come in contact with soiled/contaminated items such as knobs and handles on the washing machine.
- Clean the laundry bin with bleach or household disinfectant after you have removed dirty clothes.
If you have to use a shared laundry facility:
It is imperative that you disinfect handles and other surfaces before you touch the machines. Also, stay 6 feet away from anyone else who might be there. Bring your own laundry cart so you do not have to use a communal one.
GENERAL CLEANING MYTHS DEBUNKED
- Myth 1: Newspaper works the best for cleaning glass.
- NO, it tears easily and inks can transfer.
- Myth 2: Vinegar cleans everything.
- YES, at nearly full or full strength, not watered down.
- Myth 3: Feather dusters are more effective than microfiber cloths at dusting.
- NO, they tend to move dirt around rather than pick it up, better choices are lamb’s wool or microfiber cloths.
- Myth 4: Cleaning solutions act instantly.
- NO, they need to sit on the surface for 2-3 minutes.
- Myth 5: String mops are best for removing dirt and bacteria.
- NO, microfiber is 20% more effective.
- Myth 6: Coca-Cola can tidy up toilets.
- NO use traditional cleaners.
- Myth 7: Bleach cleans everything.
- NO, it does not remove soil, it kills bacteria so is a better sanitizer.
- Myth 8: Handwashing dishes is better than using a dishwasher.
- NO, only if you have a dishwasher that is over 10 years old.
- Myth 9: Coffee freshens garbage disposers.
- NO, it is mildly abrasive and better at removing gunk from blades. Baking soda is better.
- Myth 10: Hair spray removes ballpoint-pen ink.
- NO, today’s formulations have too many other products besides alcohol.
We are Susan Ramsey and Amie Goldberg, both practicing attorneys and nurses here at the Romano Law Group. Here is a little more about each of us:
Susan Ramsey is both an attorney and an RN. Ms. Ramsey’s professional experience began as a Registered Nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Yale New Haven Hospital. While pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree, she was a counselor with the New Haven Rape Crisis Program. During her time with the Program, Ms. Ramsey counseled sexual assault survivors and performed seminars for local police departments, universities, and high schools. During her time working as a registered nurse, Ms. Ramsey decided to attend law school. Ms. Ramsey graduated from CUNY Law School, and has practiced law in several different State and Federal Courts. She is a Florida Heath Care Risk Manager and a member of the Palm Beach County Sober Home Task Force. Ms. Ramsey actively litigates cases involving catastrophic injuries and wrongful death on behalf of survivors, cases include injuries suffered by victims of professional negligence, product liability and medical negligence.
Amie Goldberg is both an attorney and a certified APRN. After completing a Bachelor of Arts Degree at Whittier College, Ms. Goldberg attended nursing school at Emory University. Ms. Goldberg’s professional experience started as a Registered Nurse at Egleston Children’s Hospital taking care of children with congenital heart disease. After a few years, she continued working in all areas of the hospital while attending Kennesaw State University on weekends in order to get her Master’s Degree in Nursing with a specialty of Primary Care Nurse Practitioner/Family Nurse Practitioner. During her time as an APRN, Ms. Goldberg decided to attend law school at St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida. Since graduating, she has mainly practiced in the areas of personal injury and worker’s compensation, fighting for the rights of injured people. Since joining the Romano Law Group, Ms. Goldberg has been the Director of the Opioid Litigation Project. Ms. Goldberg also practices in the area of medical malpractice and nursing home negligence, bringing an inside perspective and knowledge to help get justice for our clients.