Michigan Tech Facilities Management does not provide individual departments with disinfecting chemicals for departmental suites and individual office areas. In an effort to conserve and focus resources, this will continue during the COVID-19 response effort. Here are guidelines for essential critical infrastructure workers remaining on campus to follow.
What sanitizing products are effective?
A list of products for use against the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19, is available on the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA) website. For regular cleaning of computer keyboards and mice, Clorox Disinfecting Wipes are recommended and approved.
What are the specific recommendations for hard or soft surfaces and laundered items?
Using a diluted solution of one-third cup bleach per gallon of water or four teaspoons of bleach per quart of water for any hard surfaces is effective against COVID-19. You can use a disinfectant spray for any soft (porous) surface such as couches, drapes, rugs. Laundry items should be washed at the warmest setting.
What are some specific surfaces I should be routinely cleaning?
Pay special attention to frequently touched surfaces including tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, hard back chairs, faucets, sinks, etc.
I know hand washing is important—but are there specific guidelines I should follow?
Clean your hands often, including immediately after removing your gloves. Follow the 20-second rule, washing with soap and water. If soap and water are not available and your hands are not visibly dirty, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 70 percent alcohol. If your hands are visibly dirty, sanitizer won’t do the job. You must wash them with soap and water. You should also wash your hands after you blow your nose, cough, or sneeze; before and after preparing food; after using the restroom; and after using shared spaces like elevators and public transit. Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.