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When Someone is Sick: Clean and Disinfect Your Home

Keep a separate bedroom and bathroom for a person who is sick (if possible).

If the sick person is able to clean

  • Provide dedicated cleaning and disinfecting supplies to the person who is sick.
  • In shared spaces, the person who is sick should clean and disinfect surfaces and items after each use.
Illustration of a person cleaning while wearing a mask

If the sick person cannot clean

Put on a mask and ask the sick person to put on a mask before entering the room.

  • Wear gloves if needed for your cleaning and disinfection product(s).
  • Only clean and disinfect the area around the person who is sick when needed (when the area is soiled) to limit your contact with the person who is sick.
  • Open outside doors and windows, and use fans and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) settings to increase air circulation.
Illustration of a person vacuuming while wearing a mask

After eating

  • Wear gloves when handling dishes and utensils for the person who is sick.
  • Wash dishes and utensils with soap and hot water or in the dishwasher.
  • Clean hands after taking off gloves or handling used items.
Illustration of a woman washing dishes

Handling trash

  • Use a dedicated, lined trash can for the person who is sick.
  • Use gloves when removing garbage bags and handling and disposing of trash.
  • Wash hands after disposing of the trash.
Illustration of a man taking out the trash

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