COVID-19 has been around for several months now, and scientists have learned a lot more about how the virus works.
We now know, for example, that it can live on the surface for up to nine days and survive for a few hours in the air.
Cleaning your home is therefore really important during the pandemic and with the information below you can learn more about how this can be mitigated.
A Little More on the Virus
We also know that the virus particles are released from saliva and fluid that coughs can release and end up being drawn into the lungs.
Washing hands while in public places is undoubtedly key to reducing the spread of COVID-19. Hand sanitiser is also a great tool to keep your hands clean.
The virus can be spread easily in crowded areas, and it is easy for an infected person to spread the virus particles by touching other people or placing their hands on surfaces.
Tips for the Home
What should you do at home to help eliminate the COVID-19 virus? Are there any cleaning methods or tips to clean and disinfect high traffic areas?
Two recent studies have investigated how long coronaviruses survive on different surfaces and what effects different surfaces have on the virus.
The research examined several viruses, including COVID-19, which is caused by a coronavirus, as well as other viruses of the same genetic family.
They found that the survival time varied depending on the surface type, but the viruses survived on paper, cardboard, plastic, wood and glass over a longer period of time.
On paper and cardboard there was a short survival time of one day, on glass two and three days respectively.
Soap was tested as a cleaning solution for surfaces in the home. In tests, soap lifted the viruses from the surface, which was then rinsed off with water, and then soap and water were mixed together to remove the remnants of the virus from the surface.
If you clean your home regularly, you’ll have some soap at hand. You should also have bleach in your home which is additionally one of the most effective disinfectants.
The active ingredient in bleach, sodium hypochlorite, is very effective in killing the virus. Use the bleach mixed with 8 parts water and into a spray bottle.
Spray the surface while being careful not to get any on clothes or fabric or surfaces which should be stained.
Once you do this, let it work for 10-15 minutes, then give the surface a clean cloth wipe. The bleach destroys the virus particles by removing the membrane that surrounds it so that the bleach can attack the virus and kill it.
Alcohol as a Cleaner
Most alcohol is ethanol, and ethanol has been shown to kill coronaviruses in just 30 seconds. Like bleach, alcohol destroys the proteins and RNA that make up the virus, but unlike bleach, it does not cause staining or adverse effects on fabrics.
One of the main benefits of alcohol as a disinfectant is that you don’t have to wipe it away. Alcohol evaporates quite quickly so you just have to rub it on a surface and it will dissolve and you don’t have to wet a cloth to clean it all off.
Antiseptic Wipes are also a good cleaning tool in your arsenal against Covid 19. The active ingredient on the surface of the cloth is an antiseptic, usually benzalkonium chloride.
The wipe removes germs from the surface by applying pressure and spreading the active ingredient on the surface. Be sure to use several wipes as the Benzalkonium can deplete on a few surfaces.
Doing this properly kills the virus and also leaves behind a layer of antiseptic agents – which kill germs on a surface.
In recent surveys,it does not seem to make a difference in the spread of human coronaviruses within homes and businesses.
So far, there is now a little evidence that antiseptics can kill human coronaviruses, and they work by disrupting the fats in the disease cells and destroying the RNA.
SARS – CoV-2 does contain an easy to penetrate fat membrane, and so the anti-virus disinfectants work by acting through the fat and disease cells to disturb and ultimately destroy them.
Some Key Information…
The concentration of the disinfectant is very important and you have to be 70 percent plus, otherwise you will not kill the virus effectively.
The best hand sanitiser to kill SARS – CoV-2 – is ethanol, alcohol or surgical spirit.
Each time an infected person coughs, they produce thousands of tiny droplets containing the virus. SARS – CoV-2 can survive up to three hours in the air, so you can do one thing: make sure that the room you are in is regularly ventilated.
When you open a window, the droplet can be removed, distributed and reduced, reducing the risk of infection for yourself and others.
Wash your hands, use 70 percent hand sanitizer, open your windows to let in fresh air, and use hand soap and water to wash your hands.
We live in uncertain times, but it is reassuring to know that we have weapons that we can use at home in the fight against COVID-19.
Simple soaps and disinfectants can help keep your home safe but other technological tools are also available.
For example, the Room 30 UVC air steriliser looks like a small fan and will kill the virus in the air and keep your home safe.
This is specifically important as we do not want to be opening our windows for too long in the winter but the need for ventilation is still important.
For office and professional environments , the Elite-101 will kill the virus in the air and on surfaces as well due to its external UVC germicidal lamps.
So, there are several options when it comes to killing the virus on surfaces and in the home.