Cleaning Guidance for COVID-19 in care home and supported living

Cleaning is an essential step in protecting staff and residents from infection

COVID-19 infection is transmitted by respiratory droplets that are created by coughing and sneezing.  These droplets can travel in the air for about 2 meters and then fall onto surfaces. Coronavirus can transfer from people to surfaces where it can be passed on to others who may touch them. The virus can survive on surfaces including the skin for many days and be picked up by touching these surfaces and then touching the eyes, mouth or nose.

Regular enhanced cleaning and frequent handwashing limits the potential for coronavirus to spread and is a critical part of making and keeping services safe.

It is important to continually review your products and processes, as guidance may change, and ensure all staff are aware of any changes.

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