Coronavirus Disinfection: Myths & Facts
Updated: Jan 11
It’s no secret that Covid-19 has changed life as we know it. The question on everyone’s mind right now has to be, how do we stay safe and get back to “normal?”
Because of the novelty of Covid-19, it might be difficult to separate fact from fiction. Even the CDC flip-flopped on guidelines relating to how the coronavirus spreads earlier this fall. Our health agencies are learning more about how the virus spreads all the time.
Coronavirus Disinfection Guidelines
Disinfecting guidelines have remained relatively constant since day one. The list of recommended Covid-19 disinfectants, or List N as it’s called, has grown, but the most effective coronavirus disinfection tools haven’t changed.
Today, we know more than we ever have about coronavirus and how it spreads. Let’s go over some popular talking points and separate myth from fact.
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How Does Coronavirus Spread?
By now we know that coronavirus is an airborne pathogen. Not only that, but it transmits via contact as well. It can live on cardboard for up to 24 hours, and on hard surfaces like metal and glass for up to five days. For that reason, disinfecting door knobs, countertops, and other hard surfaces is essential to slowing the spread of Covid-19.
What’s the Most Effective Way to Disinfect Covid?
The simplest way to disinfect surfaces against Covid-19 is with a mixture of bleach and water. You can make this mixture yourself at home with ⅓ cup bleach and 1 gallon of water. Spray the mixture on hard surfaces and let it sit for 10 minutes. Wipe clean with a damp cloth after that. If you’re using this mixture on surfaces where food is prepared, you’ll need to rinse the surface with warm water before allowing food to contact the surface.
How Do I Clean My Skin to Protect Against Coronavirus?
Hand washing is the most effective tool we have to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Use soap and warm water, and scrub for at least 20 seconds. Make sure to scrub the back of your hands as well as your palms.
Hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol can be an effective way to kill the Covid-19 virus. They are often more convenient, however handwashing is the most effective way to kill the coronavirus and other harmful pathogens. Use hand sanitizer as a stop-gap measure when you don’t have access to soap and water—but do not use it as a replacement for handwashing.
Never use strong chemicals or disinfectants on your hands or skin. This is not only harmful to your skin, but you can also accidentally ingest the disinfectant or get it in your eyes which will require immediate medical attention.
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