Understanding the CDC's guidance on disinfection for COVID-19


What about the CDC's latest recommendations

on surface disinfection?

Here are a few basic facts…


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Should we stop using disinfectants all together?

No, the CDC did not say soap and water will kill COVID-19. They just want to stop misuse and overuse of disinfectants by untrained people. 

"To substantially inactivate SARS-CoV-2 on surfaces, the surface must be treated with a disinfectant product registered with the EPA's List N" 


What locations need disinfection most?

Soap and water cleaning is intended for “low risk” locations. Disinfection is still a must for high traffic locations, such as schools, offices, hospitals, transportation, grocery stores, and anywhere that can’t ensure infected people are not present. 

"In situations when there has been a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 indoors...high-touch surfaces should be disinfected"


Who should disinfect and with what?

The CDC is still recommending disinfecting with EPA approved N List products by staff who are trained on how to use them. The EPA and CDC agree, fogging and electrostatic applications are for trained staff and instructions for these should be on the product label.

If directions for use as fogging or electrostatic are not on the product label, "EPA does not recommend"—EPA


When should you disinfect?

The CDC further recommends that surfaces with suspected COVID contact need to be disinfected for up to 3 days after contact.  Previously it was 7 days. 

"After a person with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 has been in an indoor space, the risk of fomite transmission from any surfaces is minor after 3 days (72 hours)"



People can be infected with SARS-CoV-2 through contact with surfaces.

"Disinfection is recommended in indoor community settings where there has been

a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19" —CDC



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• Directions on the Product Label

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