The country has been under MCO (Movement Order Control) for ten days and counting, until 14 April. Let’s all hope it will all end by then.
There are some good news that the Covid-19 has been contained in China and we could all go back to our normal lives. Perhaps, the MCO in Malaysia will be lifted sooner than the actual date.
Before we go into ensuring your car is free of the dreaded virus, let’s understand how it’s transmitted in a car. The problem with cars is that their interiors normally contain many different kinds of surfaces, from leather and metal to rubber and plastic. The virus can spread while sharing airspace with an infected person, the surfaces the person touched, or even the airspace after an infected passenger has left. Numerous studies are being conducted, but some of the early reports suggest that the virus can persist in the air for up to three hours and for two to three days on stainless steel and plastic surfaces.
How to curb from it
It is possible to disinfect and kill the virus on external surfaces. There are several ways to prepare your vehicle to be especially clean and safe during the outbreak. Experts recommend using disposable gloves while cleaning or dedicating reusable gloves for Covid-19 disinfection purposes only. If you don’t have gloves, disinfectants or cleaners work too.
Common Vehicle Touchpoints
You'll want to clean the places you come into contact with the most. Besides the obvious places such as a door handle, key fob or steering wheel, the most important part of the interior to keep clean is the dashboard. Other places to clean include the inside door buttons, seat belts, gear shifters and touchscreens. It is recommended to clean the surfaces in your car on a daily basis.
In addition, there's a chance that some of the harsher disinfectants can dry out the leather seats or surfaces in your vehicle. In this case, you might want to use a milder solution of soap and water and occasionally combine it with a leather conditioner.
The outside of the car is less susceptible to carrying the virus, because the sun and hot Malaysian weather can shorten its life span. However, it is still a good idea to clean door handles and other exterior touch points.
Finally, fuel pump handles and keypads at gas stations are also locations to be wary of