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Clean, disinfect to stay healthy at home, CDC advises

The coronavirus spreads easily through respiratory droplets but may remain infectious for hours to days on surfaces. The Centers for Disease Control recommends that we clean any visibly dirty surfaces in our homes, cars and other areas we share, and then disinfect them.

Ordinary cleaning won’t kill the virus, but it can remove some of it. Then, disinfecting using chemicals can kill any remaining infectious substances on the surfaces.

The CDC recommends routine cleaning of surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, handles, counters, desks, toilets, faucets and sinks, using household cleaners and disinfectants.

Follow label instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product, and be sure to take the suggested precautions when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and keeping the area well aired during use of the product.

If someone in your household needs to be quarantined at home, the CDC offers detailed guidelines for the extra caution their care involves.


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