Next Slideshow Title
IMAGES PROVIDED BY:
Erica Hartmann, PhD, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, McCormick School of Engineering, Northwestern University.
The Journal of Hospital Infection: “Persistence of coronaviruses on inanimate surfaces and their inactivation with biocidal agents.”
CDC: “(Coronavirus Disease 2019) Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home: Everyday Steps and Extra Steps When Someone is Sick,” “Detailed Disinfection Guidance,” “Cleaning and Disinfection for Households: Interim Recommendations for U.S. Households with Suspected or Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19),” “Supplemental Guidance for Child Care,” “Food Safety: Fruit and Vegetable Safety.”
EPA: “6 Steps for Safe & Effective Disinfectant Use,” “List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19),” “Guidance For Cleaning and Disinfecting: Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes,” “Selecting and Serving Produce Safely,” “Is it okay to flush disinfecting wipes?”
FDA: “Q&A for Consumers: Hand Sanitizers and COVID-19.”
Mount Sinai: “Quaternary Ammonium Compounds in Cleaning Products: Health & Safety Information for Cleaners and Supervisors.”
National Capital Poison Center: “Are Cleaning Wipes Safe?”
Cleveland Clinic: “How Long Will Coronavirus Survive on Surfaces?”
Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control: “Surface area wiped, product type, and target strain impact bactericidal efficacy of ready-to-use disinfectant Towelettes.”
California Water Boards: “The Public Advised to NOT Flush Disinfecting Wipes, Paper Towels down Toilet -- Throw Them Away Instead.”
The Humane Society of the United States: “How to keep your pets safe around cleaning products.”
Mayo Clinic: “What are superbugs and how can I protect myself from infection?”
Michigan State University: “Expiring Products -- Disinfectants & Medications.”
Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava, MD on June 25, 2020
This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.
THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
View our slideshows to learn more about your health.