CDC updates guidance on cleaning, disinfecting facilities

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BOSTON (SHNS) – The Centers for Disease Control on Monday updated its guidance on cleaning and disinfecting facilities and now says that “when no people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 are known to have been in a space, cleaning once a day is usually enough to sufficiently remove virus that may be on surfaces and help maintain a healthy facility.”

The guidance is still clear that the virus that causes COVID-19 can land on surfaces and it’s possible for people to become infected if they touch those surfaces and then touch their nose, mouth, or eyes.

“In most situations, the risk of infection from touching a surface is low,” the CDC said. “The most reliable way to prevent infection from surfaces is to regularly wash hands or use hand sanitizer.”

The guidance lists situations when people may want to either clean more frequently or choose to disinfect, in addition to cleaning, in shared spaces that can increase the risk of infection from touching surfaces. The conditions are: high transmission of COVID-19 in your community; low number of people wearing masks; infrequent hand hygiene; or when a space is occupied by certain populations, such as people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

In all-bold lettering, the guidance states: “If there has been a sick person or someone who tested positive for COVID-19 in your facility within the last 24 hours, you should clean AND disinfect the space.”

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