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How to Disinfect your Home During the Coronavirus

It’s important for everyone to educate themselves about COVID-19 symptoms and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in homes. Keeping all frequently-touched household surfaces, like handles, phones, and remote controls, germ-free is more top-of-mind than ever.


This is how you can start cleaning and disinfecting your home:


Clean and disinfect surfaces daily in household common areas (e.g. tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets and sinks)

  • 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 KEBS certified household disinfectants should be effective.
  • If no gloves are used when handling dirty laundry, be sure to wash hands afterwards.
  • If possible, do not shake dirty laundry. This will minimize the possibility of dispersing virus through the air.
  • Disinfect your phone, tablet or laptops daily with wipes


Hand hygiene

  • If at home, you should clean hands often, by washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available and hands are not visibly dirty, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol may be used. However, if hands are visibly dirty, always wash hands with soap and water.
  • People at homes should follow normal preventive actions while at work spaces and home including avoiding touching the nose,eyes or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Additional key times to clean hands include:
      • After blowing one’s nose, coughing, or sneezing
      • After using the restroom
      • Before eating or preparing food
      • After contact with pets
      • Before and after caring for another person who needs assistance (e.g. a baby)

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