What are the CDC Updates About (Not?) Cleaning Surfaces to Protect Against COVID

Jun 24, 2019

Welcome to Muir Diablo Occupational Medicine, your trusted source for up-to-date information and guidance regarding COVID-19. In this article, we will address the latest updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the cleaning of surfaces to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

The Importance of Surface Cleaning

Keeping surfaces clean is an essential part of preventing the transmission of COVID-19. The CDC recommends regular cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces, such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

Understanding the CDC Updates

Recently, the CDC has clarified their guidance regarding surface cleaning in relation to COVID-19. It is crucial to stay updated with these guidelines to ensure the safety of yourself and others.

The Myth About Not Cleaning Surfaces

Contrary to misleading claims circulating on some platforms, the CDC has not stated that it is no longer necessary to clean and disinfect surfaces to protect against COVID-19. The importance of surface cleaning remains significant to prevent the transmission of the virus.

The Role of Surfaces in COVID-19 Transmission

Research has shown that COVID-19 can survive on surfaces for varying periods of time, depending on the material and conditions. While the primary mode of transmission is through respiratory droplets, touching contaminated surfaces and then touching the face can contribute to the spread of the virus.

Proper Cleaning Protocols

To effectively clean and disinfect surfaces, follow these recommended CDC protocols:

  • Wear disposable gloves.
  • Clean surfaces with soap and water first.
  • Use a household disinfectant that is registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
  • Follow the instructions on the product label for proper usage.
  • Frequently disinfect high-touch surfaces.
  • Wash hands thoroughly after removing gloves.

Additional Recommendations

In addition to surface cleaning, it is crucial to practice other preventive measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19. These include:

Frequent Handwashing

Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public space, using the restroom, coughing, or sneezing. Use hand sanitizers when soap and water are not readily available.

Wearing Face Masks

Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth when in public settings, particularly where social distancing is challenging to maintain. Masks help prevent respiratory droplets from spreading to others and offer some protection for the wearer.

Practicing Social Distancing

Maintain a distance of at least six feet from others who are not from your household. Avoid crowded places and gatherings, especially in enclosed spaces where ventilation may be limited.

Getting Vaccinated

Stay informed about COVID-19 vaccinations and make sure to get vaccinated when eligible. Vaccines play a crucial role in preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death.

Staying Updated with Muir Diablo Occupational Medicine

At Muir Diablo Occupational Medicine, we are committed to keeping you informed about the latest updates and guidelines related to COVID-19. Visit our website regularly and follow our social media channels for reliable information and expert advice.

Remember, taking appropriate precautions and staying well-informed are key to protecting yourself and your community against COVID-19. Together, we can overcome this challenge and ensure a healthier future.