Flu pandemic: Cleaning objects and surfaces

Any object or surface can be contaminated with viruses by people with flu coughing or spitting. Cleaning objects and surfaces is a good way of protecting yourself from infection. 

  • Contact surfaces such as door handles, furniture, toilet seats, etc., should be cleaned regularly with hot water, soap or standard household products.
  • Objects used by a person who is ill must be thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis (at least once a day).
  • A sick person’s laundry can be done in the washing machine along with the rest of the family’s laundry.
  • The same applies to the dishes: they should be washed with water and soap.

Dispose of refuse

  • All refuse (masks, tissues, nappies, sanitary products, paper towels, etc.) used by people who are ill are infectious and must be disposed of carefully.
  • After handling refuse you should wash your hands.


Swiss Influenza Pandemic Plan PDF

Swiss Influenza Pandemic Plan 2018

Strategies and measures to prepare for an influenza pandemic in Switzerland

Further relevant documents are available in German and French.

Last modification 22.04.2020

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