CDC Guidelines – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidelines throughout the pandemic. The federal agency promulgates these guidelines based on science, expertise and experience. Learn more about their guidelines for:
Congregate Housing such as Independent Living: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/retirement/index.html
Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
- Specialized clothing or other wearable gear that minimizes one’s exposure to sources of illness or injury, and in medical contexts helps to inhibit the spread of infection to others – such as masks, gloves and gowns.
- separates and restricts the movement of people who were or had the potentially to be exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. These people may have been exposed to a disease and do not know it, or they may have the disease but do not show symptoms.
– a process that separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
- A process in which trained staff interview people who have been diagnosed with a contagious disease to figure out who they may have recently been in contact with. Then, they go tell those people they may have been exposed, sometimes encouraging them to quarantine themselves to prevent spreading the disease any further.
– is part of the process of contact tracing in which the investigator notifies people if they’ve been near someone who has tested positive for a communicable disease such as COVID-19. Some businesses, like senior living communities, also need to ensure the local public health department and in many cases the state health department are notified of positive cases too. Some companies like Eclipse Senior Living will go on to notify residents, their families and doctors and the associates that a positive case was identified in the community
– to clean means to removes dust, debris and dirt from a surface by scrubbing, washing and rinsing.
– to disinfect means to destroy or inactivate both the bacteria and viruses on hard, nonporous surfaces.
Sanitize - Sanitizing means to reduce the amount of microorganisms like bacteria, viruses, and fungon a surface after it has been cleaned. The sanitizer used must reduce the number of bacteria to the level that is deemed safe by the public health standards. To meet CDC requirements, sanitizing chemicals must kill 99.999% of the test bacteria in under 30 seconds.
The difference between sanitizing and disinfecting is based on the amount of bacteria each process eliminates. While sanitizing is meant to kill the majority of germs, it cannot make antiviral claims. Disinfecting is more potent than sanitizing and can kill nearly 100% of bacteria, viruses, and fungi while targeting specific disease-carrying microorganisms like the flu virus, norovirus, and coronavirus.