The CDC Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes has just been released:
This document provides a general framework for cleaning and disinfection practices. The framework is based on doing the following:
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.
A Few Important Reminders about Coronaviruses and Reducing the Risk of Exposure:
· Store and use disinfectants in a responsible and appropriate manner according to the label. 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.
·Frequently touched surfaces and objects like light switches and doorknobs will need to be cleaned and then disinfected to further reduce the risk of germs on surfaces and objects.
Examples of frequently touched surfaces and objects that will need routine disinfection following reopening are:
· light switches,
· faucets and sinks,
· gas pump handles,
· touch screens, and
· ATM machines
Each business or facility will have different surfaces and objects that are frequently touched by multiple people. Appropriately disinfect these surfaces and objects. For example, transit stations have specific guidance for application of cleaning and disinfection.
It’s important to continue to follow federal, state, tribal, territorial, and local guidance for reopening America.