CDC updates guidance on disinfectants versus soap to stop spread of COVID-19
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance on cleaning and disinfecting everyday household surfaces, saying that in “most situations” with no known coronavirus exposure, a thorough scrub with soap and water will suffice — rather than disinfectant sprays and wipes — to ward off COVID-19, ABC News reported.
“Routine cleaning performed effectively with soap or detergent, at least once per day, can substantially reduce virus levels on surfaces,” the CDC said at a White House briefing Monday.
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said “disinfection is only recommended in indoor-setting schools and homes where there has been a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, within the last 24 hours.”
The updated guidance tracks what health officials and medical experts have already advised — that the risk of passing on or becoming infected with the respiratory virus through “fomite” surfaces is low, compared to direct contact, droplet or airborne transmission.
But the announcement Monday offers new specifics, saying there is “little scientific support” for routine disinfectant use to prevent surface contact infection.
It comes as the nation looks toward reopening and establishing new space and cleanliness guidelines.
Empty grocery store shelves in home cleanup aisles have been a common sight during the pandemic, with sales spiking as shoppers rush to purchase disinfectant sprays and wipes faster than stores are able to restock them.