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March 11, 2020

Disinfecting Surface

Learn the best procedures to disinfect your workplace and home, along with the best steps to protect yourself from COVID-19 based on CDC recommendations.

What is Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

Disinfection Procedures for the Workplace & Home


Hand-washing can be one of the most important ways to prevent any kind of viral outbreak. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

Clean before Disinfectingcleaning surfaces

Cleaning first is the best way to ensure proper disinfection. If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection. Some multipurpose products used properly can both clean and disinfect at once on multiple surface types.

High Touch Surfacescleaning high touch surfaces

Pay special attention to High Touch Surfaces when cleaning and disinfecting. Prioritize to clean these areas the most frequently. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

How can I help protect myself?

People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

Products to Disinfect the Workplace & Home

Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).


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