As cold and flu season arrives during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, health officials recommend taking everyday precautions as well as extra steps for cleaning your home when someone is sick.
The person who is sick should stay separated from others in the home as much as possible, with a separate bedroom and bathroom for the family member who is ill, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.
The CDC recommends the following precautions and steps:
If you have a separate bedroom and bathroom: Wear disposable gloves and only clean the area around the person who is sick when needed, such as when the area is soiled. This will help limit your contact with the person who is sick.
Caregivers can provide personal cleaning supplies to the person who is sick (if appropriate). Supplies include tissues, paper towels, cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants.
If they feel up to it, the person who is sick can clean their own space.
If there’s a shared bathroom: The person who is sick should clean and disinfect after each use. If this is not possible, the caregiver should wait as long as possible before cleaning and disinfecting.
Wear disposable gloves when handling dirty laundry from a person who is sick.
Dirty laundry from a person who is sick can be washed with other people’s items.
Do not shake dirty laundry, and clean and disinfect hampers.