The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its guidance on cleaning and disinfecting everyday household surfaces to ward off COVID-19.
It says in most situations with no known coronavirus exposure, a thorough scrub with soap and water will suffice, rather than disinfectant sprays and wipes.
At a White House briefing on Monday, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said disinfection is only recommended in indoor-setting, schools, and homes where there has been a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, within the last 24 hours.
She also said “fogging, fumigation and wide-area or electrostatic spraying is not recommending as a primary method of disinfection.”
That approach comes with several safety risks, she added.
She reiterated the importance of wearing masks consistently and correctly, regular hand washing and following established guidelines for maintaining healthy facilities.
Dr Walensky again stressed that the main way people contract the disease is “by close person-to-person contact, typically between people who are physically near each other, within about six feet.”
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Edited by Jesus Chan
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