CDC Offers Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Surfaces
May 4, 2020
The CDC issued updated guidance for how to clean and disinfect public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools and homes. EPA compiled a list of disinfectant products that can be used against the coronavirus, including ready-to-use sprays, concentrates and wipes.
The framework for the document is based on:
1. Normal routine cleaning with soap and water will decrease how much of the virus is on surfaces and objects, which reduces the risk of exposure.
2. Disinfection using EPA-approved disinfectants against COVID-19 external iconcan also help reduce the risk. Frequent disinfection of surfaces and objects touched by multiple people is important.
3. When EPA-approved disinfectants external iconare not available, alternative disinfectants can be used (for example, 1/3 cup of bleach added to 1 gallon of water, or 70 percent alcohol solutions). Do not mix bleach or other cleaning and disinfection products together. This can cause fumes that may be very dangerous to breathe in. Keep all disinfectants out of the reach of children.