The number of identified coronavirus cases continues to grow, making it even more important for everyone to do their part to help slow the spread. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says person-to-person transmission is the most common form of spreading the virus, which is why it is so important to thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water and also refrain from touching your mouth, nose and eyes, which serve as entryways for the virus.
There is also evidence that it can live on certain surfaces for hours or even days so it is also important to wipe down high-touch surfaces such as a shared work space, countertops, light switches, keyboards, phones, remotes, and door knobs. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a list of disinfectants that are thought to be effective against the novel coronavirus. When using any of these products, it is best to follow the instructions on the label and be mindful of how long the product should be on the surface you're cleaning.
Schools, universities, grocery stores, warehouses, restaurants, or anywhere with a lot of people coming and going might wonder if a professional deep cleaning may make more sense. Using professional-grade and approved products to effectively sanitize all surface areas that people come in contact with could offer additional peace of mind and an extra level of thoroughness prior to reopening.