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Tips to Reduce the Chance of Bringing the COVID-19 Virus Home

Front line workers have an increased chance of being exposed to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

As a result, there is also increased risk of bringing COVID-19 home to family and those at higher risk of serious COVID-19 complications.1,2 It is important to take preventative measures to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.1

Think about the surfaces you touch every day

The COVID-19 virus is most likely to be on surfaces you frequently touch with your hands.3,4 This includes your keys, your phone, your workstation, light switches, door handles, elevator buttons and more. These high-touch areas and objects all need to be cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.1

What can you do to reduce the risk?

When leaving work1

  • Keep a spare pair of shoes in your car and change your shoes before you get into the car
  • Wash your hands with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer before you leave5

On public transit6

  • Bring hand sanitizer or disinfecting wipes
  • Avoid touching surfaces as much as possible
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Practice social distancing
  • Wear a mask

In your car7,8

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces regularly (steering wheel, door handle, radio and temperature dials, seatbelt buckles)
  • When using parking meters, use disinfecting wipes before touching them, or use hand sanitizer after use

When you arrive at home1

  • Remove your work clothes and put them in a lined hamper or plastic bag
  • Don’t re-wear any clothing until after it has been laundered
  • Keep a clean set of clothing near your door to change into
  • Avoid placing your work bag on common surfaces
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer as soon as possible5

Handling laundry1,4

  • Put laundry into a container with a plastic liner
  • Wash clothes on the hot cycle (or hand wash with 60-90ºC water) using regular laundry detergent, and dry well
  • Wear disposable gloves when handling laundry, and wash your hands after removing your gloves

Choose a cleaning product that also disinfects

The Clorox Company makes disinfectants that are approved for use on hard, non-porous surfaces against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. As your partners in disinfection, you can count on us to provide you with the products you need to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 from workplace to home.

Cleaning and disinfection of highly touched surfaces can help prevent the COVID-19 virus from entering your home. Being aware of commonly contaminated surfaces can help.

© 2020 The Clorox Company

References:

  1. The Clorox Company. Disinfecting when returning home. https://www.clorox.com/resources/coronavirus/disinfecting-when-returning-home/. Accessed August 28, 2020.
  2. Government of Canada. Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Measures to reduce COVID-19 in your community. https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks/measures-reduce-community.html. Accessed August 28, 2020.
  3. Government of Canada. Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Prevention and Risk. https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks.html. Accessed August 28, 2020.
  4. Government of Canada. COVID-19: Cleaning and disinfecting. https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks/cleaning-disinfecting.html. Accessed August 20, 2020.
  5. Government of Canada. Infection prevention and control for COVID-19: Interim guidance for outpatient and ambulatory care settings. https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/guidance-documents/interim-guidance-outpatient-ambulatory-care-settings.html . Accessed September 10, 2020.
  6. Government of Ontario. Guidance for public transit agencies and passengers in response to COVID-19.  https://www.ontario.ca/page/guidance-public-transit-agencies-and-passengers-response-covid-19. Accessed September 9, 2020.
  7. The Clorox Company. How to disinfect a car. https://www.clorox.com/resources/coronavirus/how-to-disinfect-a-car/. Accessed September 11, 2020.
  8. Infrastructure Health and Safety Association Guidance on cleaning and sanitizing inside your vehicle during COVID-19. https://www.ihsa.ca/pdfs/alerts/COVID19/guidance-on-cleaning-sanitizing-inside-your-vehicle-during-covid-19.pdf. Accessed September 11, 2020.