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This document provides guidance to people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 who are able to receive care at home, and to their household members and/or caregivers, regarding the cleaning of residences and disposal of waste.*
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released general guidance on their website, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), which should be reviewed closely and checked regularly. Additionally, the CDPH webpage, Coronavirus Disease 2019, provides general information on how to limit the spread of COVID-19:
These are all ways to reduce the risk of infection with a number of different viruses.
CDC has released Interim Recommendations for U.S. Households with Suspected or Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
That document provides detailed guidance, but these are the key current recommendations of the CDC and CDPH regarding cleaning and waste disposal:
Individuals may also consult with their local health department or healthcare provider for any COVID-19 related issues.
*The California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Medical Waste Management Program regulates the generation, handling, storage, and treatment of medical waste by providing oversight under the authority of the Medical Waste Management Act (MWMA). COVID-19 waste generated in residences is not regulated as medical waste; however, it is biohazardous and precautions need to be taken during the cleaning and handling of this waste.
Originally Published on April 3, 2020