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Clean and disinfect to keep your family healthy at home

Aug 11, 2020

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Based on what is currently known, COVID-19 appears to be most commonly transmitted by close contact with droplets from an infected person. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that transmission of the virus through surfaces has not yet been documented.

Don’t bypass the cleaning product aisle when you venture to the store, though. It’s still smart to clean surfaces in your house regularly. Cleaning is critical if a person in your home is infected with COVID-19—and many people who have the virus don’t show symptoms or may have to wait several days before a diagnosis is confirmed. Many other illnesses, including respiratory viruses like colds and flu, can be transmitted through surfaces.

A May 2020 survey conducted on behalf of the CDC found that more than one-third of respondents engaged in unsafe cleaning or disinfecting, including using bleach on food products, applying household cleaners to skin and ingesting cleaners or disinfectants.

Some everyday steps to safely clean and disinfect your home:

  • Clean frequently touched surfaces regularly, such as tables, doorknobs, countertops, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc. For hard surfaces, wipe down first with soap and water and then use a disinfectant registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (found at https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus). For soft surfaces and electronics, follow manufacturer’s directions for cleaning or laundering.
  • Consider wearing gloves when cleaning and open windows to ventilate the space.
  • Use cleaning products as directed on the label. Use room temperature water if needed to dilute products unless a label says otherwise. Avoid mixing, and store away from children and pets.

If someone in your household is ill, additional measures are necessary. Visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/ and click “How to protect yourself.”

Limpiar y desinfectar para mantener tu familia sana en casa

Según lo que se conoce actualmente, el COVID-19 parece transmitirse más comúnmente por contacto cercano con gotitas de una persona infectada. Los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades señalan que la transmisión de el virus a través de superficies aún no ha sido documentado.

Sin embargo, no omita el pasillo de productos de limpieza cuando este en el supermercado. Todavía es importante limpiar las superficies en tu casa con regularidad. La limpieza es fundamental si una persona en su hogar está infectada con COVID-19, y muchas personas que tienen el virus no muestran síntomas o pueden tener que esperar varios días antes de que se confirme el diagnóstico. Muchas otras enfermedades, incluidos los virus respiratorios como los resfriados y la gripe, pueden transmitirse a través de las superficies.

Una encuesta de mayo de 2020 realizada por los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades encontró que más de un tercio de los encuestados participaron en limpieza o desinfección insegura, incluyendo el uso de blanqueador en productos alimenticios, la aplicación de limpiadores domésticos en la piele ingerir limpiadores y desinfectantes.

Algunos pasos diarios para limpiar y desinfectar su hogar de manera segura:

  • Limpie las superficies que se tocan con frecuencia con regularidad, como mesas, chapas, encimeras, escritorios, teléfonos, teclados, inodoros, grifos, lavaplatos, etc. Para superficies duras, limpie primero con agua y jabón y luego use un desinfectante registrado en la Agencia de Protección Ambiental (que se encuentra en https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus). Para superficies blandas y dispositivos electrónicos, siga las instrucciones del fabricante para limpiar o lavar.
  • Considere usar guantes al limpiar y abrir ventanas para ventilar el espacio.
  • Use productos de limpieza como se indica en la etiqueta. Use agua al clima si es necesario para diluir los productos. a menos que la etiqueta diga lo contrario. Evite mezclar y guárdelo lejos de los niños y las mascotas.

Si alguien en su hogar está enfermo, es necesario tomar medidas adicionales. Visitar https://espanol.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html y haga clic en "cómo protegerse."


Dr. O’dell Moreno Owens is the president and chief executive officer of Interact for Health and InterAct for Change. Dr. Owens is a reproductive endocrinologist. He earned an MD, an OB/GYN residency and a master’s of public health degree from Yale University School of Medicine. He also obtained a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology at Harvard Medical School. In recent years, Dr. Owens has served as the Hamilton County Coroner, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College President, and Interim Health Commissioner and Medical Director of the Cincinnati Health Department. 

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