Clean & Disinfect
Clean AND disinfect
frequently touched surfaces
daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles,
desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants
appropriate for the surface.
Diluting your household bleach. To make a bleach solution, mix:
- 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water OR
- 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
- Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation.
Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix
household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser.
Alcohol solutions. Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.
Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants. Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims are expected
to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products
Clean Your Hands Often
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you
have been in a public place, or after coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available,
use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid Close Contact
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
distance between yourself and others if COVID-19 is spreading in your community.
Stay Home If You're Sick
Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
Take Steps to Protect Others
Wear a Facemask If You Are Sick
If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing
a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s
office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it
causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your
coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask
if they enter your room.
Learn what to do if you are sick.
If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who
is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in
short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
Cover Coughs & Sneezes
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
Throw used tissues in the trash.
wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not
readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains
at least 60% alcohol.