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Principles for Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection in Health and Residential Care Facilities During COVID-19 Pandemic

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This information sheet provides crucial principles for environmental cleaning and disinfection in health and residential care facilities in the context of COVID-19. It underscores the importance of cleaning as an integral part of disinfection, as organic matter can interfere with many disinfectants. The guidance suggests thorough cleaning followed by disinfection to effectively remove germs like the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Routine cleaning should involve frequently touched surfaces and general surfaces when visibly soiled. Specific instructions are given for cleaning staff to protect themselves and avoid cross-contamination, including hand hygiene protocols and appropriate usage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The document also provides recommendations for the use of disinfectants with antiviral activity, such as chlorine-based disinfectants, and outlines the importance of sufficient contact time for these disinfectants. Specific procedures for preparing and using a chlorine-based disinfectant solution are provided for effective virucidal action. The guide emphasizes regular hand hygiene, safe disposal of gloves and masks, and safe preparation and use of bleach solutions.


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