Resources for Staying Lead-Safe During COVID-19
Many potential sources of lead can be found in or around the home, such as lead-based paint, dust, and soil. During the COVID-19 outbreak, Californians are spending more time at home, potentially leading to greater exposure to lead. In addition to general cleaning and disinfecting during the outbreak, you can help prevent lead exposure from dust and dirt by frequently cleaning floors, windowsills, hands, and toys. It is also important to check for and safely address other potential sources of lead in and around your home (PDF).
Even small amounts of lead can affect children's behavior, growth, and learning. It is important that children at risk for lead poisoning get a blood lead test, even during COVID-19. Healthcare offices throughout the state have taken extra care to ensure patients are safe when visiting. If you think your child might have been around lead, ask your child's doctor about a blood lead test.
The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch (CLPPB) has compiled the following resources to help families, schools, and child care providers learn more about lead poisoning, blood lead testing, and how to prevent lead exposure. These resources include educational activities for children and families to enjoy together. The information is from the California Department of Public Health, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other federal, state, and local health agencies.