Take action to protect yourself and your family during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Below are steps you should follow at home.
Get your household ready. Some steps will be the same as preparing for other emergencies.
- Store a two-week supply of food, beverages, and water, including food for family pets. Ensure an adequate supply of prescribed and routine medications are on hand.
- Plan ways to care for those who are at greater risk for serious complications and who will take care of sick family members.
- If you have family members with increased risk of getting seriously sick, check with your medical providers about symptoms and treatment.
- Create an emergency contact list of family, friends and neighbors.
- Have a plan in case your childcare facility or workplace closes temporarily.
- Choose a room in your home where a sick household member can be kept separate from the rest of the family. If possible, find a separate bathroom as well.
Disinfecting Your Home
Disinfect your home regularly to protect your family from the virus.
- Clean surfaces that are frequently touched like tables, doorknobs, light switches and faucets with soap and water.
- Use diluted household bleach solutions if appropriate for the surface. Follow manufacturer instructions and make sure you have proper ventilation. Never use household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser.
- You can also disinfect using EPA-approved products proven for use against the COVID-19 virus (e.g., Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, Lysol Clean & Fresh MultiSurface Cleaner, Purell Professional Surface Disinfectant Wipes).
- If using an alcohol solution, make sure it’s at least 70% alcohol.
- Clean your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially:
- After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
- After using the bathroom
- Before preparing and eating food
- After petting animals
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
Disinfection guidance (PDF): English | Spanish
Additional measures should be taken if a household member is suspected/confirmed coronavirus disease. For more information, see CDC recommendations.
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