How to Clean and Disinfect Yourself, Your Home, and Your Stuff
What to disinfect
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Wash Your Hands
The best way to lower your risk of contracting the new virus is to wash your hands after you cough, sneeze, touch your face, and when you leave and return from the grocery store.
It's also important to moisturize your hands. Dry, cracked skin is at higher risk for all kinds of infections.
To Keep Yourself Virus-Free
The EPA has a full list of disinfectants that will kill the new virus.
Disinfectant that will work is disinfecting wipes, disinfectant spray, Isopropyl alcohol, and hydrogen peroxide.
If you cannot find store-bought disinfectants, you can make a disinfectant spray with 4 teaspoons household bleach mixed with 1-quart water into a spray bottle. To use, spray on the surface, wait for 10 minutes and wipe away with a wet cloth. Don't mix bleach with another cleaning chemical.
What to disinfect
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What we know
The virus that is causing the current outbreak is a respiratory one and spreads through droplet infection.
The virus particles on any surface decrease rapidly at the start, then slowly approaches zero over time.
Touching or eating contaminated food
If a food worker coughs over your food while preparing it, although really gross, your risk of contracting the disease that way is minimal.
According to a 2018 overview of respiratory viruses, the virus reproduces along the respiratory tract. It is a different pathway than the digestive tract food follows when you swallow it.
Even if you handle contaminated food and then deposit the virus along your respiratory tract, it's highly unlikely to get sick this way.
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Laundry machines and clothing
Family and emergency Dr. Janette Nesheiwat suggested that polyester, spandex-like material may retain germs longer than breathable cotton-based fabrics, but all types of fabrics can be contaminated.
It is safe to use a shared laundry machine because the virus is killed by washing your clothes over 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Don't boil everything, because it will ruin your clothes.
Washing of clothes
Spreading and deactivation
The new virus spreads most commonly through invisible respiratory droplets sent into the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes, droplets that can be inhaled by nearby people or land on surf...
Sticking in the air /on surfaces
Bleach and the outdoors