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COVID-19 Helpful Links

People desire the facts that put them in control. As you continue to promote hand hygiene, surface cleaning and disinfecting as fundamentals to good health, here are key messages and resources for you to share with your community

Clean vs Sanitize : Know the Difference

It’s important to know the difference between cleaning and sanitizing. They aren’t the same thing. Both are important to help prevent the spread of harmful germs.

Cleaning removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects. Cleaning works by using soap (or detergent) and water to physically remove germs from surfaces. This process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection. Sanitizing lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects.

This process works by disinfecting surfaces or objects using a diluted liquid chlorine bleach solution. Share these useful tools to help consumers learn the difference!
Core Four Practices
Cleaning and Sanitizing Surfaces and Toys
Spring Clean Your Way to a Safer Kitchen

When To Clean & When to Sanitize

When You Should Clean – To remove dried food and spills from counter tops. To remove food from a stove top. Wipe down interior refrigerator surfaces with hot water and soap.

When You Should Sanitize – Someone sneezed all over your counter top. Someone sick touched your refrigerator door handle or faucet. Raw meat juice spilled on counter top, stove, sink, floor or in refrigerator. Raw meat touched a counter top, stove top, sink, utensil or cutting board or shelf in your refrigerator
Additional Resources:
CDC: How to Clean and Disinfect
EPA Safer Choice
FDA: Hand Sanitizer
FoodSafety.gov
NSF International
USDA: Clean THEN Sanitize

Please contact Ann Zander, Family & Consumer Science Agent at 303-678-6238 or azander@bouldercounty.org for more information.

Family, Food, Finances & Housing

Families are looking for the “know how” to properly provide for the economic needs of their family, raising kids, and caring for aging or disabled family members.  Did you know that when families are successful, communities are successful?

Family & Consumer Science Extension Agents work with families – in their community, workplace, and home – and with the professionals that serve them.

Our research-based educational programs and products help families make informed decisions for better health, financial security, and well-being.

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You can look to CSU Extension in Boulder County for answers to family and consumer questions.  Does your club or organization need a speaker who can provide a presentation on a family and consumer topic?

Our programs and information are practical, user-friendly, and designed to help you make informed long-term, positive changes in your life.  We cover:

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Human Development & Parenting – Whether you are parenting, caregiving for parents, grandparenting, working, retiring or changing careers you need information on aging and strategies to help you create a life you love.

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Personal Finances – To be financial secure you and your family will want to develop financial goals and implement plans to reach those goals.

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Nutrition, Healthy Finances, Food Safety & Preservation – Healthy consumers need to be able to make informed decisions about how to select, prepare, store and preserve nutritious food safely.

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Healthy Homes – Helping consumers learn how to make simple renovations and changes to ensure an energy-efficient home, learn and test for radon, and be prepared for natural disasters.

Keeping ahead of COVID-19

This rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) has imposed an unsettling, fluid situation upon our community and its businesses. While the team here still aims to maintain a “business as usual” approach, we are making a number of significant changes to our operations to account for a situation that is far from normal.