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The easiest way to secure a room after someone in your home has COVID-19 is to close it off for a week, says Colleen McLaughlin, an associate professor of epidemiology and chair of the population health sciences department at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Albany, New York. “If the room is not needed, just close the door for seven days,” she says. The virus will be inactive at that point. “The longer you wait, the safer it is to clean.” It is not practically possible for most households to keep a living space locked for so long. In that case, the US CDC’s recommendations for cleaning and disinfection of households with people suspected of having or confirmed to have COVID-19 are given below.

Once the disease runs its course, the room or rooms that the sick person used, along with the objects he or she came in contact with, need to be cleaned and disinfected. The coronavirus, called SARS-CoV-2, may remain infective from hours up to several days on a variety of surfaces. So, first, clean up and then disinfect. Cleaning means removing germs, dirt and impurities from surfaces. It does not kill germs but reduces the number of them on surfaces. Disinfecting means using Environmental Protection Agency-registered chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. This is intended after cleaning, and it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.

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