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HealthWise: What you should keep in your car

Going back to work and routine activities means you will probably be spending more time in your car.  Wondering how to keep your vehicle virus-free?  Here are some great tips from our infection control specialist.

What do I need to clean in my car and how often?

The COVID-19 virus can be introduced into your body if you touch a surface where it resides, and then touch your eyes, nose or mouth. It’s therefore a good idea to regularly wipe down the things you touch often in your car (like door handles, shifter, radio or navigation system, door handle, etc.).  It’s important to clean your car, but remember that your best protection is to avoid touching your face!

What should I use to clean my car?

The easiest choice for many surfaces is Clorox or Lysol wipes. Keeping a package in your car makes maintenance fairly easy.  Wipe down those frequently touched surfaces and allow them to air dry.  Follow the manufacturer recommendations as far as which car surfaces are safe for these kinds of products.

How can I keep from transmitting the virus into my car and thus into my home?

If you wear gloves, remove them before you get into the car and dispose of them properly. If you don’t wear gloves, keep hand sanitizer in your car.   Sanitize your hands before touching anything else.  Make sure to wash your hands with soap and water as soon as you get home.

How and when should I take my face covering off?

It is best to wait until you are in your car or your home before removing your face covering, so that you can follow a safe procedure. The recommended way to handle your face covering is as follows.  First, sanitize or wash your hands.  Then remove the face covering, being careful not to touch the outside of it.  Also avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.  Place it either in a paper bag or directly in the laundry, depending on where you are and what kind of face covering you have.  Then sanitize or wash your hands again.

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