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Coronavirus Can Survive in the Refrigerator for Years – Wash Immediately

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We know a lot of  dirty places  in the house that we carefully clean. But often we forget about the most important thing – the refrigerator.

Virus feel great at low temperatures. Research showed that various types of coronaviruses can live in the refrigerator for up to 9 days. SARS ‑ CoV ‑ 2 is assumed to be no less tenacious. And in the freezer, viruses generally exist over the years.

Other pathogens an also live on shelves with food. Among them are pathogens of respiratory, intestinal and even genitourinary diseases.

It cannot be otherwise, because you regularly bring from the supermarket and put in the refrigerator products that tens or even hundreds of people could touch before you.

Even though there is currently no evidence of a transfer coronavirus directly through food, you should not relax. After all, you may well accidentally rub your eyes or nose after contact with an infected product.

As a preventive measure, you need to wash the refrigerator at least once a month. Now is the time to do it. You will need:

  • Cleaning agent US Environmental Protection Agency recommends use antiseptic agents that meet EPA criteria to control coronavirus. Normal household cleaning solutions are also quite effective if exposed to the surface for at least 1 minute. In extreme cases, you can wash the shelves of the refrigerator with soap or wipe with ethyl alcohol.
  • Sponge.
  • Cloth or paper towels.
Coronavirus Can Survive in the Refrigerator for Years - Wash Immediately
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When everything is ready, proceed.

  1. Unplug the refrigerator and remove all products.
  2. Throw away all spoiled foods – they are an ideal habitat for harmful microbes.
  3. Remove all shelves and remove drawers and wash them in hot soapy water as you wash dishes. You can do this in the kitchen sink, if it is too small – in the bath.
  4. Likewise, thoroughly wash all dishes from the refrigerator in hot water, especially one that contains something stale.
  5. Use the cleaning agent to clean the refrigerator itself – the inner walls, the racks for the shelves, the door handle. Act, moving from top to bottom, so that the mud does not run down to already cleared places.
  6. Wipe the refrigerator with paper or cloth towels, then put the racks, shelves and drawers back.
  7. Return the products back with a thorough inspection to see if they are all fresh. Banks, bottles, containers and bags can be pre-wiped with an alcohol raster.

Repeat this procedure regularly every 30 days, and you can reduce the risk of catching the infection through food.

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