During this crazy pandemic, many of us have upped our cleaning and disinfecting skills, whether we wanted to or not. Somebody once said, "When your environment is clean, you feel happy, motivated, and healthy." I do agree with that statement most of the time.

On the other hand, there are times where I more likely agree with the person who said, "You come from dust and you return to dust. That's why I don't dust. It could be someone I know."

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention let us know their thoughts on cleaning and specifically, disinfecting. They're relaxing the guidelines a little bit.

On Monday, the CDC updated its guidance on disinfecting facilities and most of the guidelines are ones we're well familiar with such as the fact that the COVID-19 virus can land on surfaces. Therefore, it's possible that people can become infected if they touch those surfaces and then touch areas of the face such as your eyes, nose, or mouth. However, the risk of infection from touching a surface is low in most cases.

The CDC says the most reliable way to prevent infection from surfaces is still the standard practice of washing your hands often or using hand sanitizer.

But now the CDC is saying that cleaning and disinfecting once a day is usually enough to sufficiently remove the virus that may be on surfaces as long as no people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 had been in that area.

Keep in mind that you still should clean and disinfect more frequently in shared spaces if certain conditions apply such as high transmission of COVID-19 in your community, or a low number of people wearing masks.

Obviously, if there has been a sick person or a person who tested positive for COVID in your facility within the past 24 hours, then you should properly clean and disinfect that area.

Check out the CDC website for lots more helpful information on guidelines, tips, and practices regarding the pandemic.

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