It is important to understand that cleaning and disinfecting are not the same thing. Removing dirt and dust from a surface is not the same as disinfecting to kill the Delta Variant. Disinfecting your home with a household cleaner which contains detergent reduces the amount of germs on your home’s surfaces and decreases the risk of infection through direct contact. Regularly disinfecting your home’s surfaces is a good practice to keep your family safe from viral infection.
Not all disinfection products are made equal when it comes to killing COVID-19 and the Delta Variant. The EPA provides a full list of disinfectants that kill the novel coronavirus so be sure to do your research and purchase a product that will get the job done right. Many of these products you might already have in your home. Clorox, Lysol, Purell, isopropyl alcohol, and hydrogen peroxide are among the list of products that effectively kill coronavirus and the Delta Variant.
The most important surfaces to disinfect are the high traffic areas which receive many points of contact throughout the day. Knobs, handles, railings, and remote controls are examples of high contact areas that could potentially harbor the Delta Variant. The best disinfection practices can be found within the instructions of your household cleaning products found on the back of the bottle. As long as the product contains soap or detergent of some kind you will be able to kill the COVID-19 virus on the high traffic surfaces within your home.
It is also wise to disinfect household items that you would not think of as traditional surfaces. Glasses, plates, bowls, silverware and other items that people touch consistently within your home are also places where COVID-19 and other germs can reside. COVID stays on plastic for up to 3 days and up to 5 days on glass and ceramics. Cleaning these various household items may be the difference between contracting the virus or not so it is recommended to do so regularly. If a member of your family or guest with a positive COVID test has been in your home within the past 24 hours be sure to disinfect these high traffic surfaces and frequently used household items. Always be sure to wash your hands after cleaning a house with a potential COVID infestation even if you are wearing gloves.
Keep in mind that both the CDC and WebMB have stated that multiple studies show you only need to disinfect if someone who’s positive with COVID-19 has been inside your home in the past 24 hours. It is very rare to contract COVID-19 or its Delta Variant from surfaces (In fact, the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission through surfaces is less than 1 in 10,000) but you can never be too cautious.
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