Coronavirus disease cleaning guidelines

Published April 14

For homes or healthcare facilities that are housing people with suspected or confirmed cases of Coronavirus, the WHO recommends using disinfectants that are active against enveloped viruses, such as COVID-19 and other coronaviruses.
The WHO recommends:

70% ethyl alcohol to disinfect reusable dedicated equipment (e.g., thermometers) between uses
Sodium hypochlorite at 0.5% (equivalent 5000ppm) for disinfection of frequently touched surfaces in homes or healthcare facilities
Any other info from aus gov or WHO ?

The WHO does not recommend using chlorine solutions because there is a risk that antimicrobial effects will be lost with exposure to sunlight or heat. Making and diluting chlorine also comes with a higher risk of hand or eye irritation and ill health effects. Also, people might need training to get the correct concentration.

The Australian Government’s Department of Health recommends that it is good practice to:

1. Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces with a detergent solution

2. Clean general surfaces and fittings when visibly dirty and immediately after any spills.


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