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We have unprecedented challenges ahead of us. This is NOT ABOUT SUGAR COATING community news but about playing a positive role in an unprecedented time of national crisis. This is now the calm before the storm and its time NOW to adjust our mids to what attitudes will help us all prevail till this has passed.

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Cleaning Routines to Keep Your Home Virus-Free

Cleaning Routines to Keep Your Home Virus-Free
We want ‘home’ to be a haven (especially during stressful times), and part of that, at a fundamental level, means living in a space that helps keep us healthy. According to the most current evidence from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the virus that causes COVID-19 is spread primarily through close personal contact (within about 6 feet). So it’s more important to practice social distancing, not touch your face and wash your hands often and well than it is to be overly concerned about cleaning your house. And although the CDC has not found evidence of surface-to-person transmission to date (which is good news!), the virus may live on surfaces for hours to days, making regular cleaning and disinfecting a wise practice during this time.

Upgrade Hand-Washing Stations

The CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing; before eating or preparing food; and after using the bathroom. Stock up every sink in the house to make hand-washing easier and more sanitary with:

  • A bottle of liquid hand soap (anti-bacterial soap not needed)
  • Stacks of fresh hand towels and a hamper for dirty towels, or a roll of paper towels and a wastebasket
  • A container of sanitizing wipes for daily cleaning of faucets and counters

What About Hand Sanitizer?

You can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol when soap and water aren’t available. But if your hands are visibly dirty, the hand sanitizer will not be effective, and hand-washing is recommended.


Know the Difference Between Cleaning and Disinfecting

The important thing to remember is that cleaning should come first — if a surface is dirty, germs can be hiding below the dirt and grime, making disinfecting efforts less effective.

  • Cleaning removes dirt, grime and germs — this helps reduce the number of germs.
  • Disinfecting actually kills germs on surfaces using chemicals, which helps reduce the risk of spreading infection when done after cleaning.

Use the Right Products — and Follow Instructions

When it comes to cleaning, regular soap and water are all you need. But for the second step of disinfecting, it’s important to be sure you’re using the right product. EPA-registered disinfectants (see the current list here  * USA list) approved to fight the novel coronavirus are what you want to look for. Already have rubbing alcohol or bleach in your cupboards? Either one will fight the COVID-19 virus. (A word of caution on using bleach to clean surfaces: It can discolour laminate and may damage the seal on granite and other stone countertops over time.)

  • If surfaces are dirty, remember to clean with soap and water first.
  • To prepare a bleach solution, mix 5 tablespoons (⅓ cup) bleach per gallon of water, or 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleaners.
  • If using rubbing alcohol, choose an alcohol solution containing at least 70% alcohol.
  • Check expiration dates. Do not use expired products, as they may not be effective against the COVID-19 virus.
  • Follow label instructions. Clorox has issued specific recommendations for preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, including leaving bleach solution on surfaces for five minutes.

Focus on High-Touch Surfaces

Cleaning and sanitizing the entire house would be overwhelming — and probably excessive. Instead, focus on the surfaces that get lots of contact throughout the day. These areas include doorknobs, light switches, tables, remote controls, handles, desks, toilets and sinks. And if you have kids or housemates who play video games, include those video game controllers.

Start a Just-Got-Home Routine

Put your belongings down in one spot, paying attention to what you carried with you throughout the day — likely suspects include your phone, keyring and sunglasses. Wash your hands for 20 seconds, then wipe personal items with an EPA-registered disinfecting wipe and leave to dry. When cleaning electronics, keep liquids away from openings, never submerge devices, and be especially gentle with touchscreens.

Help Kids Follow the Recommendations

If you have kids at home — especially if they’re not so keen on frequent hand-washing — consider one or more of these to make the ritual more fun:

  • Let your child pick out a fragrant hand soap, or put hand soap in a colourful container.
  • Tape the verse of a silly song to the mirror so they can sing for the recommended 20 seconds.
  • For younger children, cue up a song to sing along to on your phone.
  • Be sure a sturdy stool is positioned by every sink in the house to make the soap and water accessible.

Do the Laundry, Wash Your Hands

If you have a cloth laundry hamper liner, toss it in the wash when you do the laundry. Wash laundry on the warmest setting your clothes and linens can handle, and avoid shaking dirty laundry, which can spread a virus through the air. And when you’re done handling dirty clothes and towels, be sure to wash your hands.

If Someone Is Sick, Take Extra Care

If you or someone in your house may be sick, you’ll need to take more precautions. Check the CDC’s recommendations for household members and caregivers on its website. A few of the most important precautions include isolating the sick person in their own room and bathroom, not sharing personal household items, handling their laundry with gloves (and washing your hands afterwards) and cleaning high-touch surfaces daily.

Showhouses & Coronavirus

Showhouses & Coronavirus

Within a week everything so much changed! Like every business, real estate companies are scrambling to understand and make changes that are sure to be required due to the Coronavirus measures being implemented.

Here are seven common-sense measures all agents and sellers and buyers should follow for showhouses:

  1. Buyers should view the property online first and shortlist those for viewing as opposed to randomly popping in to see properties they have no idea will or will not be suitable.
  2. Buyers should consider not bringing children or additional members of the family on multi viewings. Of course, if a home is selected or shortlisted for a second viewing then a full family visit can be arranged where children are closely monitored.
  3. On entry to the property, a warm welcome should not involve any handshake.
  4. If there is a good attendance people should be asked and prepared to wait until there are fewer people inside the house doing a viewing – the fewer the better.
  5. On entry to the property, a hand sanitiser should be used and if there is no alternative an appropriate spray wash and paper towel dry.
  6. Buyers should be reminded to avoid touching anything – and doors to rooms should be left open for viewing and not closed. Door handles should be wiped with an appropriate product before and after the showhouse.
  7. The agent should discuss related issues to the opening and the closing of the showhouse with the seller.

    Let’s talk and be sensible about solutions!

    Want to share an idea? Email: andre@capetownshowhouses.co.za

 

All the showhouses in Cape Town every Sunday

All the showhouses in Cape Town every Sunday

A new website www.CapeTownShowhouses.co.za has all the showhouses in all of Cape Town every Sunday with a focus on those in Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs and False Bay.  It also has a Showhouse Blog that will provide additional useful showhouse related information.

STBB Claremont has a useful guide to who pays for what in the transfer process that property buyers and sellers will find useful.  It is intended that the site will be expanded in the next few weeks to provide the most comprehensive showhouse resource available.

Superb False Bay views from this Glencairn property which has been selected as this week’s Showhouse of the Week on www.CapeTownShowhouses.co.za

This week’s featured showhouse is in Glencairn Heights for R2 900 000.  The featured showhouses module has been exclusively secured by Chas Everitt International’s Cape Town South franchise for six months.

 

HIGH ALERT – CANINE PARVO VIRUS OUTBREAK

HIGH ALERT – CANINE PARVO VIRUS OUTBREAK

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Contrary to our earlier observations and statement we now have strong evidence to suggest that the potentially fatal Canine Parvo Virus (CPV) initially confined to the De Waal Park area of Cape Town CBD and limited to a tragic isolated incident has regrettably spread to a number of other neighbourhoods in the Southern Suburbs.

The virus is so potent that it is able to be carried and transmitted by unwitting 3rd party vectors on the soles of their shoes or clothing and it is a myth that it is confined to any specific sector of the community. All dogs and puppies are at risk regardless of demographics.

We subsequently urge all pet owners to vaccinate their pets and to be extra vigilant.

There are several affordable and practical bio-security precautionary measures that pet owners can take including dunking the soles of their shoes into a strong bleach solution to disinfect their shoes before entering their property and avoiding walking in areas frequented by potentially infected dogs (especially those areas where dog walkers tend not to pick-up their dogs faeces) until the situation normalises.

Worrying signs to look out for include diarrhoea (gastro type symptoms), listlessness, loss of appetite and lethargy.

Any dog or puppy displaying any of the above negative symptoms or that appears to be “off colour” should be seen by a veterinarian without delay.

An affordable snap-test will quickly confirm whether or not the pet has Parvo Virus.

Pet owners should also be aware that the virus can survive for many months on an infected property and are strongly discouraged from acquiring another dog or puppy for at least 6 months.

In one case brought to our attention yesterday, the distraught owner claims that her dog was fully vaccinated and never left their premises yet it contracted the virus. The dog is currently in Intensive Care fighting for its life at a Pinelands Vet. It is very likely that this unfortunate dog was unwittingly infected by one of the occupants of or visitors to the premises who must have walked in a contaminated area or come into contact with another infected dog.

Last year CPV claimed hundreds of dogs and puppies lives in the Garden Route, Khayelitsha and areas of the Cape Flats and required a Herculean effort to stop it from spreading and claiming more lives. To halt the spread of the virus in the Philippi Horticultural Area the Animal Welfare Society of SA in partnership with Carecube.org vaccinated over 500 vulnerable dogs and puppies owned by Philippi farm labourers and rolled out an educational campaign to educate owners about the necessity to vaccinate their pets. The legacy of this campaign is a massive reduction in the number of preventable dread diseases within the beneficiary community.

We see between 10 and 20 CPV cases every day. This is nothing exceptional. It is the tragic norm.

In almost all of these cases, the owners neglected to vaccinate their pets, had them vaccinated by a dubious person or bought them unvaccinated at a reduced price from unscrupulous breeders.

Heartbreakingly almost all of these pets have to be humanely euthanized to end their pain and suffering.

Anyone thinking of skimping on their pets primary veterinary care and animal husbandry is courting disaster.

– Animal Welfare Society of South Africa

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Endangered western leopard toad threatened by an invasive look-alike.

Endangered western leopard toad threatened by an invasive look-alike.

Endangered western leopard toad threatened by an invasive look-alike, public urged to help.

Cape Town – The discovery of the invasive guttural toad species on a property near Seascape Road in Noordhoek has set off alarm bells in conservation circles, who fear the invader species might hinder the livelihood of the endangered western leopard toad that is endemic to the area.

Noordhoek is one of the most important traditional breeding areas of the endemic and endangered western leopard toad (Sclerophrys pantherinus), a close relative of the more common guttural toad (Sclerophrys gutturalis).

Guttural toads and leopard toads look very similar to the untrained eye, and the identification of eggs and tadpoles (which look almost identical even to professionals) is particularly difficult.

But the City of Cape Town and are urging residents to be on the lookout for the guttural toad nonetheless, in a bit to save the natural habitat and breeding grounds of its more endangered relative.

 

The main differences between the two species are:

The City’s service provider, NCC Environmental Services, who currently run the guttural control programme in Constantia, will now also focus on the Noordhoek area.

NCC will also work closely with Toad Nuts, a local group formed to protect and save the western leopard toad.

Residents are urged to listen for the distinctive guttural toad call and to report the occurrence immediately by sending an e-mail to gutturaltoad@ncc-group.co.za

 

The City also asks residents never to move any toad, tadpole or eggs between water bodies.

Johan van der Merwe for the environmental affairs of the City of Cape Town says the western leopard toad and guttural toad do not co-exist naturally and “this situation may cause several complications. These may include competition for food, predation, and the introduction of external diseases and pathogens. Hybridisation could also be a potential threat.

“Following this early detection of the guttural toads in Noordhoek, there must be a rapid response by conservation authorities, the Invasive Species Unit and residents. If all the individuals, tadpoles and eggs can be found during this early stage of the invasion, guttural toads can be removed from Noordhoek completely.

“The survival of the endemic western leopard toad depends on access to uninvaded breeding grounds such as Noordhoek. The advance of the guttural toad must, therefore, be stopped before guttural toads become established and form a viable breeding population in Noordhoek,” Van der Merwe says.

It is not just the frogs themselves that can create problems, but the diseases and parasites that accompany the frogs may cause further environmental harm.

Once the invasion of guttural toads into Noordhoek is past the early detection and rapid response stage, control becomes extremely challenging and expensive.

This has already happened in Constantia, where an intensive five-year-old control programme has been unable to stop the spread of guttural toads into Bishopscourt. The City’s service provider, NCC Environmental Services, continues to fight the toad in the area.

Although the guttural toad is indigenous to South Africa, it does not naturally occur in the Western Cape.

Invasive species such as the guttural toad are introduced to areas outside their natural range either deliberately or accidentally. The likely scenario for an accidental introduction is that nursery plants were moved from the area where guttural toads naturally occur to Cape Town. Once they arrived at their new habitat, they reproduced and established the colonies that are now invading many water bodies in Constantia and Bishopscourt.

It could also be the case that well-meaning residents who do not want to harm animals but also don’t want them in their gardens, physically relocate toads to natural areas around the city. This is a highly problematic practice and causes havoc for nature conservation officials.

The most effective method of managing invasive species is to prevent them from being introduced to areas outside their natural distribution range in the first place.

This article has been adapted from traveler24.com,  – Louzel Lombard

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