Coronavirus proofing your home

Helpful tip sheet

April 3, 2020

    Staying Home, Working Safe / Shelter in Place continuing physical distancing is a biggie when it comes to the battle against the spreading of coronavirus / COVID-19. Staying at least 6 feet away from others when going to get essentials. Washing your hands.  All thingies to continue doing constantly / 24/7. What should you do when you go to the grocery store and back? What about mail?  All things as the COVID-19 outbreak grows w/ more testing and results coming out. I ran across this tip sheet from CNN that could be helpful. Things are constantly changing, so updates will more than likely need to happen, but this seems to be a good solid base of tips. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention   Stay connected on ATX coronavirus / COVID19 updates w/ Talk1370. 

    How to coronavirus- proof your home

    Make a game plan

    • Designate one person to be your errand-runner to limit your outside exposures
    • Set up a disinfecting station — an area outside your home or in a room with low foot traffic where you can disinfect packaged food

     When you’re out

    • Avoid coming within less than six feet of others
    • Wipe handles on carts or baskets while shopping
    • You don’t have to have gloves or a mask — just wash your hands frequently while you’re out and avoid touching your face

     When you get back

    • Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds
    • Disinfect takeout boxes and packaged foods at your disinfecting station
    • Thoroughly wash produce before putting it in your kitchen


    • Disinfect everything you touch — doorknobs, light switches, keys, phone, keyboards, remotes, etc.
    • Use EPA-approved disinfectants  these include Clorox Disinfecting Wipes and certain Lysol sprays) and leave surfaces wet for 3-5 minutes


    • Ask workers to drop deliveries off on your doorstep or an area of your complex
    • If they need you to come to the door, keep six feet of distance
    • Pay and tip online when possible
    • After you pick up mail from your mailbox, wash your hands


    • Wash clothes, towels and linens regularly on the warmest setting
    • Disinfect your laundry hamper, too, or place a removable liner inside it
    • Don’t shake dirty laundry to avoid dispersing the virus in the air


    • You shouldn’t allow guests over right now
    • If you need to house a family member or friend, avoid shared living spaces as much as you can
    • If they need to enter shared living spaces, ask them to keep six feet of distance

    If someone in your home gets sick

    • First, consult your doctor
    • Isolate them in another room and ask them to use a separate restroom
    • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces every day
    • Avoid sharing items with them
    • Wear gloves when washing their laundry
    • Continue to wash your hands frequently
    • Ask them to wear a face mask if they have one

     Supplies you’ll need

    • EPA-approved disinfectants
    • If you don’t have disinfectants, make a bleach solution:
    • Mix four teaspoons bleach per quart of water; or
    • Use a 70% alcohol solution
    • Laundry detergent
    • Trash bags
    • Prescription medicines (you can mail order these)
    • Canned foods — fruits, veggies, beans
    • Dry goods — breads, pastas, nut butters
    • Frozen foods — meats, veggies, fruits


    • Supervise your pet in your backyard
    • It’s OK to play with them outside — just keep your distance from other humans
    • If you’re sick, ask someone you live with to take care of them while you recover
    • If you must care for them while you’re sick, wash your hands frequently

    Get the CNN PDF for download / print here