CDC Says To Clean, But Not Necessarily Disinfect


For months, we scoured the aisles of stores, looking for disinfectant wipes and sprays, but the shelves were bare. They were out of stock online, too. And if you found a can of Lysol or some Clorox wipes, you felt like you struck gold.

Eventually, the supply caught back up with demand, and they started reappearing.

And now that we finally have disinfectant wipes and sprays back on store shelves, the CDC is changing its guidance.

Yes, you should clean surfaces regularly, but soap or detergent is enough in most situations.

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky is now only recommending disinfection products in homes or schools where there's been a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. So don't get rid of those wipes!

While it's possible to contract COVID from a contaminated surface, the CDC is saying that the risk is less than one in ten-thousand. The highest risk to getting infected with the virus remains through respiratory droplets.

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