The COVID-19 virus can spread via direct contact, airborne transmission, or through droplets. There have also been a few reported cases potentially spread through surfaces. But the risk of this is very low. The chance of COVID-19 surface transmission is less than 1 in 10,000.
Different Kinds of Surfaces
It’s unlikely to catch COVID-19 from a surface, but the risk still exists. Lab studies have found that the virus may last on different materials for varying amounts of time. We don’t know if these findings always apply in the real world, but we can use them as a guideline.
What You Can Do ?
It’s a good idea to regularly clean your home to protect you and your family from viruses like COVID-19.
*Clean frequently touched surfaces (like doorknobs, handles, tables, countertops, and light switches) regularly and after you have visitors in your home.
*Clean any surface in your home when it’s noticeably dirty.
*If people in your household are more likely to get sick from COVID-19, clean your surfaces more frequently. You may also want to use a disinfectant in this case.
*Make sure that you use a cleaning product that is suitable for the type of surface. Follow the instructions on the product.
There are also ways that you can reduce the likelihood of surfaces becoming contaminated by COVID-19:
* Follow guidelines for fully vaccinated people before you welcome visitors into your home.
*Ask that people who haven’t been vaccinated wear a mask inside your home.
*Make sure that everyone in your household washes their hands often, especially when they come back home.
*Keep people with COVID-19 isolated from others.
If Someone in Your Household Has COVID-19
If you live with someone who has COVID-19 or have had a guest with a positive case in your home within 24 hours, disinfect your house in addition to regular cleaning. This will kill any leftover germs and lower the chance of the virus spreading.
Read the instructions on the disinfectant first.
*Wear gloves while disinfecting and cleaning.
*If your disinfectant doesn’t have a cleaning agent, wash dirty areas with soap first, and then use the disinfectant.
*Wash your hands often for 20 seconds with soap if you’re cleaning a household with a positive COVID-19 case. Always clean your hands after wearing gloves.
*Make sure you have good ventilation while using a disinfectant.
If you’re unable to keep a separate bedroom or bathroom from the person with COVID-19, make sure they clean and disinfect shared spaces after each use. If the sick person is unable to clean, wear a mask and use gloves to clean and disinfect their area only when needed. Make sure to open windows or doors, and use fans, heating, ventilation, and air condition to get proper air circulation.
Once the person is no longer sick, it’s important to cleanse the area they stayed in. Wear a mask when you clean and disinfect. Wait as long as possible before you do this. If you’re able to wait 24 hours before you clean their area, you only need to cleanse that space, not disinfect it.
If you wait 3 days after the person in your household was sick, no extra cleaning (besides routine cleanup) is necessary.