The World Health Organization has disclosed that Coronavirus (COVID-19) can survive for several hours on surfaces. But simple disinfectants can kill the virus before it infects people, the organization says.
The best way to avoid being infected with the coronavirus is to avoid being exposed to it, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), says, as there is currently no vaccine to prevent the disease.
Nonetheless, to avoid potential infection, the CDC stresses these everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of all respiratory diseases:
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe or bleach.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash hands.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask:
CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers.
People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately, the CDC says.