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Infectious Disease

Clean and disinfect

The CDC recommends cleaning all “high-touch” surfaces, such as phones, keyboards, tablets, counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, and bedside tables, every day. Avoid using other people's phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment, when possible. If necessary, clean and disinfect them before and after use.

Disinfection without running water

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has provided disinfection and hygiene guidance for homes without running water.

If you use a handwashing basin, make sure the water in the basin is changed regularly during the day. Having two basins is best – one for soapy wash water and one for clean rinse water (consider adding a small amount of bleach to rinse water, so germs don’t grow).

Safety tips

Did you know that calls to poison centers because of unsafe exposure to cleaners and disinfectants have increased due to COVID-19? Hand hygiene and cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces remain critical preventive measures, but please use products safely. Dangerous practices identified in a recent CDC report include unsafe preparation of cleaning and disinfectant solutions, use of bleach on food products; application of household cleaning and disinfectant products to skin, and inhalation or ingestion of cleaners and disinfectants.

If you suspect a poisoning, call the Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222. Learn more about poisoning prevention on the Alaska Poison Control System website.

Here are some important safety tips to know:

  • Store hand sanitizers, disinfectants and cleaning products out of reach of children and pets.
  • Do not mix bleach solutions with vinegar or ammonia, or add heat, as this can generate chlorine and chloramine gases that can result in lung tissue damage when inhaled.
  • Do not wash food products with bleach.
  • Do not apply household clearing and disinfectant products to bare skin.
  • Do not intentionally inhale or ingest cleaners or disinfectants.
  • Read and follow label instructions.
  • Use water at room temperature for dilution (unless otherwise stated on the label).
  • Avoid mixing of chemical products.
  • Wear skin protection and consider eye protection for potential splash hazards.
  • Ensure adequate ventilation when using cleaning products and disinfectants.

Resources from CDC

For more tips on how to clean and disinfect your household, including electronic items, visit this CDC web page:


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