Interim Recommendations for US Households with Suspected/Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019
There is so much incorrect information being disseminated online so we are providing information directly from the experts. This is a portion of an article taken directly from the CDC website, and we encourage you to read the entire article by clicking this link.
How to Clean and Disinfect:
- Wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. Gloves should be discarded after each cleaning.
- If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
- For disinfection, diluted household bleach solutions, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, and most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective.
- Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claimspdf iconexternal icon are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses.
- For soft (porous) surfaces such as carpeted floor, rugs, and drapes, remove visible contamination if present and clean with appropriate cleaners indicated for use on these surfaces.
Clothing, towels, linens and other items that go in the laundry
- Wear disposable gloves when handling dirty laundry from an ill person and then discard after each use. If using reusable gloves, those gloves should be dedicated for cleaning and disinfection of surfaces for COVID-19 and should not be used for other household purposes. Clean hands immediately after gloves are removed.
Clean and disinfect clothes hampers according to guidance above for surfaces. If possible, consider placing a bag liner that is either disposable (can be thrown away) or can be laundered.
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Interim List of Household Disinfectants/Cleaning Products Effective Against Coronaviruses as declared by the NEA.
For general precautionary cleaning, detergent and water are adequate. Many general household products contain the appropriate concentrations of active ingredients (A.I.s) for disinfection of areas that are very likely to be contaminated with COVID-19 virus (e.g. bedroom of a person confirmed to have a COVID-19 virus infection).
For the entire list of disinfectants by the NEA, National Environmental Agency, please click here.