The American Cleaning Institute (ACI)

Cleaning for RSV

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What is RSV?

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), RSV, or Respiratory syncytial virus, is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. It can be serious for some, causing bronchiolitis or pneumonia.

Cleaning for RSV

RSV spreads primarily through virus droplets, either through close contact with an infected person who is contagious or touching a surface with the virus on it. Prevention is particularly important if you or someone you care for is at high risk, including infants, older adults, and those who are immunocompromised or have an underlying heart or lung disease or neuromuscular disorder.

Hand Hygiene: Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or, if not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Surface Cleaning and Disinfecting: Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, using an EPA-registered disinfectant. Follow the instructions carefully, including allowing the surface stay wet for the entire contact time indicated on the product label.

Always store products used for cleaning and disinfecting up and out of reach of children.

Dishes: Do not share or reuse dishes or utensils used by an infected person until they have been washed. 

Laundry: You may want to follow additional precautions when doing the laundry of an infected individual. For more information, visit ACI’s Levels of Laundry.

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