CDC Offers tips For Disinfecting As Areas Reopen

Monday, May 18th 2020, 8:39 am
By: CBS News

As some communities around the United States start to reopen public places, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it is important to clean and disinfect high traffic areas. Here are some tips to keep areas clean, and a list of some frequently touched surfaces the CDC says should be disinfected regularly.

According to the CDC, cleaning and disinfecting public places will be important to reduce the risk of exposure to the coronavirus as areas ease restrictions. The CDC says the virus can live on some objects and surfaces for a few hours to a few days.

The agency suggests using soap and water, and then an EPA-approved disinfectant on frequently touched surfaces and objects.

Some frequently touched surfaces that should be disinfected regularly are:

• Tables

• Doorknobs

• Light switches

• Countertops

• Handles

• Desks

• Phones

• Keyboards

• Toilets

• Faucets and sinks

• Gas pump handles

• Touch screens

• ATM machines

Consider removing some soft and porous materials like rugs or seating to make cleaning and disinfecting easier.

And you should continue to practice social distancing, wear a face covering, and wash your hands frequently.

For more information from the CDC, click here.

For a full list of EPA approved disinfectants, click here.