Water, Sanitation & Environmentally-related Hygiene

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There is no evidence showing anyone has gotten COVID-19 through drinking water, recreational water, or wastewater. Get answers to other questions about COVID-19 and water.

Regularly cleaning surfaces using soap or detergent is enough to reduce the chance of COVID-19 spread from surfaces

Regularly cleaning surfaces using soap or detergent is enough to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread from surfaces. Learn more.

Hygiene refers to behaviors that can improve cleanliness and lead to good health, such as frequent hand washing, face washing, and bathing with soap and water. In many areas of the world, practicing personal hygiene etiquette is difficult due to lack of clean water and soap. Many diseases can be spread if the hands, face, or body are not washed appropriately at key times.

Page last reviewed: April 8, 2021