Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) has eradicated our normal daily routines and we still have much to learn about this virus that causes COVID 19 (coronavirus disease 2019). We know that the virus is transmitted via respiratory droplets and to a lesser degree touching an infected surface and then touching your face, nose, or mouth. Droplets can travel close distances, within about 6 feet. It is unclear how long aerosol transmission is potentially infectious. The virus is viable for transmission from touching an infected surface ranging from hours to days depending on surface. Using personal protective equipment when in public such as masks and practicing good hygiene with regular handwashing are the first steps in prevention. Self isolating and self quarantining from special events and non-essential businesses/trips reduces the chances for transmission. Other everyday preventive actions include: avoiding close contact with people who are sick, staying home when you are sick (except for medical treatment), and covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Daily cleaning and sanitation of high touch surfaces such as tables, doorknobs, handles, etc.

 “Disinfecting”, according to the CDC,  “works by using chemicals, for example EPA-registered disinfectants, to kill germs on surfaces”.

Cleaning V. Disinfecting

The CDC has provided recommendations on proper COVID 19 compliant cleaning and disinfecting of homes and public facilities that have had suspected exposure. Cleaning and disinfecting are not the same thing. According to the CDC, “Cleaning refers to the removal of dirt and impurities, including germs, from surfaces”. Cleaning does not kill germs, but decreases their number by removing them and reducing the risk of spreading the infection. “Disinfecting”, according to the CDC,  “works by using chemicals, for example EPA-registered disinfectants, to kill germs on surfaces”. This process does not clean dirty surfaces  but it kills the germs left after cleaning to further reduce the risk of spreading infection.does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs.