How to Corona-virus Proof Your Home (CNN)

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.

1-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 traffic where you can disinfect packaged food

2-When you’re out

Avoid coming within less than six feet of others

Wipe handles on carts or baskets while shopping

You don’t have to have gloves or a mask — just wash your hands frequently while you’re out and avoid touching your face

3-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 off 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

6-Supplies you’ll need

EPA-approved disinfectants

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

Trash bags

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


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