How to coronavirus-proof your home
Updated: Jun 19, 2020
This information is being shared by permission from Scottie Andrew, CNN
Life under coronavirus means staying at home as much as possible — but you’ll likely need to make a trip to the grocery store or pharmacy at some point. Download or print this tip sheet to make sure you don’t bring the virus back home with you.
Note: Recommendations for Covid-19 may change as officials learn more, so monitor your local health department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for updates.
Make a game plan
Designate one person to be your errand-runner to limit your outside exposures
Set up a disinfecting station — an area outside your home or in a room with low foot track where you can disinfect packaged food
When you’re out
Avoid coming within less than six feet of others Wipe handles on carts or baskets while shopping
Wear a mask when you go into a business. Also, wash your hands frequently while you're out and avoid touching your face
When you get back
Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds
Disinfect takeout boxes and packaged foods at your disinfecting station Thoroughly wash produce before putting it in your kitchen
Disinfect everything you touch — doorknobs, light switches, keys, phone, keyboards, remotes, etc.
Use EPA-approved disinfectants (these include Clorox Disinfecting Wipes and certain Lysol sprays) and leave surfaces wet for 3-5 minutes
Ask workers to drop deliveries on your doorstep or an area of your complex If they need you to come to the door, keep six feet of distance
Pay and tip online when possible
After you pick up mail from your mailbox, wash your hands
Wash clothes, towels and linens regularly on the warmest setting
Disinfect your laundry hamper, too, or place a removable liner inside it
Don’t shake dirty laundry to avoid dispersing the virus in the air
You shouldn’t allow guests over right now
If you need to house a family member or friend, avoid shared living spaces as much as you can
If they need to enter shared living spaces, ask them to keep six feet of distance
If someone in your home gets sick
First, consult your doctor.
Isolate them in another room and ask them to use a separate restroom
Disinfect frequently touched surfaces every day
Avoid sharing items with them
Wear gloves when washing their laundry
Continue to wash your hands frequently
Ask them to wear a face mask if they have one
Supplies you’ll need
If you don’t have disinfectants, make a bleach solution:
Mix four teaspoons bleach per quart of water; or
Use a 70% alcohol solution Laundry detergent
Prescription medicines (you can mail order these) Canned foods — fruits, veggies, beans
Dry goods — breads, pastas, nut butters
Frozen foods — meats, veggies, fruits
Supervise your pet in your backyard; It’s OK to play with them outside — just keep your distance from other humans
If you’re sick, ask someone you live with to take care of them while you recover If you must care for them while you’re sick, wash your hands frequently
Dr. Leana Wen, former Baltimore City Health Commissioner and an emergency physician and public health professor at George Washington University in Washington.
Dr. Koushik Kasanagottu, an internal medicine resident physician at John Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, and who is among the thousands of health care professionals treating patients with coronavirus.
Dr. Richard Kuhn, a virologist, director of the Purdue Institute of Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Disease and editor-in-chief of the journal “Virology.”
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.