Your home should be a place of safety and comfort during a pandemic.
Based on what is currently known about COVID-19, this virus spreads from person to person most frequently through close contact. This means people get infected when they are exposed to a person with COVID-19 at a distance of less than six feet.
While there are more people who have contracted COVID-19 from exposure to other people who tested positive for COVID-19, there are also studies on how long surfaces can be contaminated with the virus. Current studies show that the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) remains on various surfaces from hours to days, depending on the material. The best way to prevent COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in households is to clean visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection.
Household members can practice regular cleaning of frequently touched surfaces at home, such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, toilets, faucets, sinks, and electronics.
Check the label of your preferred disinfectants whether they are appropriate for the surface and if they are registered with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Disinfectant labels should contain instructions for safe and effective use not only for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces in the home, but also precautions to take when using the product such as wearing gloves and ensuring proper ventilation.
For shared electronics, follow the manufacturer’s instruction for appropriate cleaning and disinfection. Consider using wipeable covers for your electronic devices. If there is no guidance available, you may consider using alcohol-based wipes or spray containing at least 70% alcohol for disinfecting touch screens. Make sure to dry surfaces thoroughly to avoid accumulation of liquids.
Source: LA Public Health, EPA