Re: Disinfecting CommonHoouse
From: rphilipdowds (
Date: Tue, 31 Mar 2020 06:45:17 -0700 (PDT)
Like some other communities, our common house is part of an apartment-style 
building, and provides access to residential apartments.  So closing it 100% is 
not an option.  Instead, we’ve got new guidelines (not commands, but strong 
suggestions) that visitation to the common house by non-residents be greatly 
curtailed.  Common meals and guest room usage have been cancelled.  As of this 
writing, the common house (where my wife and I live) is pretty much a ghost 
town.  Even so, twice a day we disinfect selective routes and surfaces in the 
commons.  Based on evidence and experience so far, we have not yet made a plan 
for commercial-grade disinfection once the crisis has passed.

For the moment, we’ve cobbled together adequate supplies of alcohol and 
store-bought “99.9%” disinfectant products.  However, all stores shelves in 
Cambridge seem empty of such supplies, and we’re a bit surprised to see that 
the supply chain is very slow in recovering.  Maybe the re-stock of every 
plausible product is being diverted into the hospitals.  In a few years, we’re 
going to have some really great books written about all this ...

Philip Dowds
Cornerstone Cohousing
Cambridge, MA
On Mar 31, 2020, 9:18 AM -0400, Ruth J Hirsch <heidinys [at]>, 
> Dear Neighbors Across the Miles!
> A couple weeks ago, as this was cascading we, here at Cantines Island, met 
> outside in av big circle so we could be 6 ft apart from one another. We then 
> suspended community meals.
> This last week we decided—now via a Zoom mtg— to lock the CH with the key 
> readily available. Simpler to know the kids aren’t running i & o.
> While this is not happening anytime soon— and so as I write this it is 
> perhaps self resolving: I was asked to see what you might be doing to 
> eventually disinfect your CommonHouse. Of course, as I write it becomes clear 
> that having been fallow for weeks there may be no need for concern. We have 
> all read that the virus dies after various times, all will have elapsed once 
> we re-inhabit.
> That said, two questions: any other group still thinking abt disinfecting 
> your CH when the time comes?
> And,have you a recipe for disinfectant, surface disinfectant using 
> ingredients that may still be obtained?
> Wishing you and your loved ones Moments of Peace, Joy and Delight,
> May it ripple out,
> Ruth Hirsch
> Cantines Island, Saugerties, NYS
> PS: I have an intermittent e-mail glitch. If you write and do not hear back 
> from me shortly, please call me or please re-send. Thank you, Ruth
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