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About COVID-19 | Coronavirus Cleaning and Disinfecting

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The CDC is responding to an outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus (SARS Cov-2). The virus known as ‘coronavirus disease 2019’ (COVID-19) is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person or through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or an object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, though this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

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Surfaces Coronavirus Can Live On

There are a number of surfaces where COVID-19 can reside. The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, tables and any surfaces prone to high-touch and multi-user.

Appropriate dwell time is required for the disinfectant to work. Follow label instructions.

The same surfaces are mentioned in the CDC’s guidance document for commercial spaces, including:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving and Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment


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