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How to Disinfect Everything: Coronavirus Home Cleaning Tips

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Below, we get into the weeds of how long the virus might last on surfaces, which disinfectants may kill it, and the steps you should take to keep clean.Updated for October: We've updated our guide to reflect the growing scientific consensus that SARS-Cov-2 is less likely to spread by surface contamination than once thought earlier this year. We've included revised advice from the USPS regarding mail and packages, touched on the different risks levels of gathering indoors compared to outdoors, adding a link to guidelines for creating a social bubble, and clarified which areas and belongings should still be disinfected.Wash your hands after you cough, sneeze, touch your face, use the restroom, or are about to leave one place for another. Medical professionals have termed this condition Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C).The first thing you'll want to know is that cleaning and disinfecting are two very different things.Cleaning is about removing contaminants from a surface.Disinfecting is about killing pathogens.Do both daily if anything or anyone has entered or exited your home.Transmission from person-to-person is a much greater risk than transmission via surfaces, but the CDC still recommends you clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in our homes at least once daily just to be safe if people touching them have been in contact with the outside world or people beyond their social bubble, since SARS-Cov-2 is capable of living on surfaces such as cardboard for 24 hours, but up to two or three days on plastic and stainless steel.Examples of High-Touch Surfaces to Clean and Disinfect Daily:Now that you know what you're cleaning, here's how you should do it.First Clean, Then Disinfect:That’s it. Most disinfectants should have a label that lists the viruses they're effective against, and that's what you'll want to look out for more than any particular active ingredient."If a disinfectant product has an indication for killing influenza, RSB, SARS virus, or other coronaviruses, then it should work against this one also," Townes said.Disinfectants:If you can't find good disinfectants at the store, the CDC also has a recommended recipe for a homemade cleaning solution using household bleach.Bleach is excessive in most cases. Clean and disinfect the hamper like you would any other surface, and wash your hands thoroughly after handling dirty laundry from someone who is ill. But otherwise, just make sure you wipe down the mouse (top, sides, and bottom), the keys on your keyboard, the exterior of the keyboard, and any mousepad you might have.For any other electronic device, if the exterior is largely plastic (gaming mice, gamepads, TV remotes) it’s safe to give them a once-over with a disinfecting wipe or isopropyl alcohol solution.There's a lot going on right now.

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