*This blog post is my personal opinion only and contains affiliate/referral links.
For an enemy that we do not see, the battle to be virus-free feels like an insurmountable task on our everyday activities. There is fear and anxiety but there are also preventative measures that we can do to curtail the spread of the infection.
The most basic is to always wash our hands. It’s been said that we contract the Corona virus by touching our face, particularly the eyes, nose and mouth, after we touched a surface contaminated with droplets or particles from an infected person.
CDC or Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends:
1) Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily using EPA approved regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
And 2) Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place; after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
For a complete list of EPA or United States Environmental Protection Agency “List N” which are products that meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19. please be guided by this link.
Furthermore, CDC instructs us to:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, or use the inside of your elbow.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask, unless they are caring for someone who is sick (and that person is not able to wear a facemask).
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
The U.S FDA/Food and Drug Administration are aware that some consumers are experiencing difficulties on accessing alcohol-based sanitizers. Manufacturers are working overtime to meet up the demand but in light of this emergency shortage, the FDA has come up with a Temporary Policy for Preparation of Certain Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer.
On the economic picture, i think it is worth noting that household and personal cleaning stocks are riding a good momentum right now, in comparison to other sectors which are on the slide. There’s a very high demand that will push their sales in the next few weeks, most likely driving the price of their shares even higher.
I also think that these stocks are good dividends source because the mentality of the consumers “to clean and disinfect” will last for some time. positioning an investor for long term gain.