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When Someone Is No Longer Sick: Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home

When Someone Is No Longer Sick: Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home

After the person who was sick no longer needs to be separated

Wait as long as possible (at least several hours) before you clean and disinfect.

  • Less than 24 hours: Follow the guidance for cleaning and disinfecting when someone is sick. Clean and disinfect surfaces in the areas that the sick person used (such as the bedroom and bathroom) if you enter these areas less than 24 hours after the person is no longer sick. Wear a mask when you enter the room, open windows and use fans to help increase airflow, and always use disinfectants safely.
  • Between 24 hours and 3 days: Clean surfaces (disinfection is not needed) in the areas that the sick person used if you enter these areas between 24 hours and 3 days after the person is no longer sick.
  • After 3 days: No additional cleaning (aside from routine cleaning) is needed in the areas that the sick person used if you enter these areas more than 3 days after the person is no longer sick.
Illustration of someone in a bedroom wearing a mask

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