How to Protect Yourself and Others

Because the virus spreads through contact with other people, the CDC recommends practicing social distancing to reduce transmission. This means staying home except for trips to the grocery store for necessities or to work in essential fields such as healthcare, food production and distribution, security, etc. 

Clean and Disinfect Your Surroundings

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintains a list that includes nearly 300 cleaning products that are expected to be effective against SARS-CoV-2 based on their ability to eliminate other harder-to-kill virus or "demonstrated efficacy against another human coronavirus similar to SARS-CoV-2"

If you can't tell if the product you want to use is on the list, look for an EPA registration number on the bottle's label. This is a three-part number with the first two parts identifying the product formulation and the last part identifying the distributor or brand. Many manufacturers distribute the same product with different branding for commercial and consumer markets, but since the first two parts of the EPA Reg. No. identifies the formulation you can use this section of the ID to find a matching product on the list. If the product you're considering doesn't appear on List N, it's best to consider using a different product that is found on the list.

Whichever product you choose, follow the manufacturer's specific instructions for use for the most effective outcome.

Keep Up With Changing Guidelines

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  • Take responsibility for yourself
  • Help others
  • Breathe

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