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Helpful Information on How to Stop a Virus from Spreading

How To Stop A Virus From Spreading

The Centers for Disease Control has published several helpful guidelines on how to avoid getting sick from someone in your house.

If you’ve been in close contact with someone who’s been diagnosed with COVID-19, or who is under investigation for the virus, monitor your health closely and contact your doctor right away if you start showing any Coronavirus symptoms, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Anyone who has been diagnosed or who may have been exposed to the virus should home-quarantine to avoid spread of COVID-19.

CDC recommendations for those in close contact with COVID-19 patients

The CDC recommends that anyone who is assisting someone who has the Coronavirus follow these guidelines for how to stop a virus from spreading:

  • Make sure you understand and can help the patient follow their healthcare provider’s instructions for medication(s) and care. You should help the patient with basic needs in the home and help them with things like getting groceries, prescriptions, and other personal needs.
  • Monitor the patient’s symptoms. If the patient is getting sicker, call his or her healthcare provider and tell them that the patient has laboratory-confirmed COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people in the office or waiting room from getting infected. If the patient has a medical emergency and you need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that the patient has, or is being evaluated for COVID-19.
  • Household members should stay in another room or be separated from the patient as much as possible and use a separate bedroom and bathroom, if available.
  • Do not allow visitors who do not have an essential need to be in the home.
  • Household members should care for any pets in the home. Do not handle pets or other animals while sick.
  • Make sure shared spaces in the home have good air flow, such as an air conditioner or an opened window, weather permitting.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60 to 95% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. If your hands are visibly dirty, use soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • The patient should wear a facemask when he or she is around other people. If the patient is not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), any caregiver should wear a mask when in the same room as the patient.
  • Wear a disposable facemask and gloves when you touch or have contact with the patient’s blood, stool, or body fluids, such as saliva, sputum, nasal mucus, vomit, urine.
    • Throw out disposable facemasks and gloves after using them. Do not reuse.
    • Remove gloves first and dispose of them. Then, immediately clean your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Next, remove and dispose of facemask, and immediately clean your hands again with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid sharing household items with the patient. You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, bedding, or other items. After the patient uses these items, you should wash them thoroughly using the guidelines below.
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces, such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables, every day.
    • Use a household cleaning spray or wipe. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use.
  • Wash laundry thoroughly.
    • Immediately remove and wash clothes or bedding that have blood or body fluids on them.
    • Wear disposable gloves while handling soiled items and keep soiled items away from your body. Clean your hands (with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer) immediately after removing your gloves.
    • Read and follow directions on labels of laundry or clothing items and detergent. In general, using a normal laundry detergent according to washing machine instructions and dry thoroughly using the warmest temperatures recommended on the clothing label.
  • Place all used disposable gloves, facemasks, and other contaminated items in a lined container before disposing of them with other household waste. Clean your hands (with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer) immediately after handling these items. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty.

How to kill flu virus on surfaces

The brand Clorox has these recommendations for killing the flu virus on surfaces, based on which type of product you’re using:

Disinfecting wipes:

  • Wipe surface to be disinfected.
  • Keep surface wet for 4 minutes.
  • Let surface dry.
  • For highly soiled surfaces, clean excess dirt first.
  • For items that come in contact with food or mouths (like baby bottles or toys), rinse with warm water and let air-dry.

Premixed cleaners containing bleach:

  • Spray 6 to 8 inches from surface and allow product to penetrate tough stains and messes.
  • Let stand 30 seconds.
  • Wipe with a wet sponge or cloth and rinse with water, no scrubbing required.
  • For heavily soiled surfaces, pre-clean surface before disinfecting.
  • For items that come in contact with food or mouths (like baby bottles or toys), rinse with warm water and let air-dry.

Disinfecting bleach:

  • Pre-wash surface.
  • Mop or wipe with a solution of 1/2 cup of disinfecting bleach per gallon of water.
  • Allow solution to contact the surface for 5 minutes.
  • For items that come in contact with food or mouths (like baby bottles or toys), rinse with warm water and let air-dry.

Practice social distancing

In addition to following the guidelines above on how to stop a virus from spreading, health and government officials recommend avoiding large gatherings and maintaining a distance of 6 feet from other people (commonly called social distancing). This reduces the chance of contact with anyone knowingly or unknowingly carrying the infection.

How Deerbrooke is responding to COVID-19

The health and safety of our guests and staff is our primary concern. Please be assured that all of our builders are taking every precaution to ensure that their model homes are safe, including frequent cleaning and sanitizing throughout the day.

If you’d like to take a virtual tour of our community or our model homes, please contact us and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

Please know that we take your health and safety extremely seriously.

You’re encouraged to stay home, but you can still shop for a new one!

Interested in purchasing a new home at Deerbrooke in Leander? Contact us at 512-387-8632 to schedule your virtual tour!


Leander is a quickly growing community and it’s no wonder why. With its beautiful scenery, tranquil vistas, and quick access to surrounding cities, it’s the perfect location to have the best of all worlds. Residents enjoy quick commutes, easy access to relaxing natural landscapes, and all the cultural sophistication a big city offers — whether that’s taking in a downtown restaurant or a local sporting event.


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