The Coronavirus has been present only for a couple of months, so scientists still don’t know much about it, although they constantly work on gathering knowledge regarding its clinical manifestation and treatment.
However, we are already familiar with several facts about this virus. For example, it can survive in the air for a couple of hours and can remain on surfaces up to 9 days. It affects the respiratory system, so its particles are mostly present in the respiratory tract secretions of infected people.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the most effective way to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus is to use the correct disinfectants in the right way.
The most important key to reducing the spread of COVID-19 is washing your hands after being in public spaces. But, is there a way to eliminate it from our homes?
According to some recent studies, the survival time of the coronavirus on the surfaces depends on the type of surface.
For example, on plastic and stainless steel, it can survive up to 9 days, while the shortest survival time is for cardboard and paper, where it can remain alive for only one day.
It is worrying that the virus particles can stay for days on the surfaces rather than hours or minutes.
So, can our cleaning products be useful in killing COVID-19? The good news is that they can. Look at the list below and learn how to clean your house to eliminate the coronavirus particles.
1. Soap and water
Soap and water are the basic and most effective tools in eliminating the virus from the surfaces because the substances found in the soap interfere with the virus’s fats.
The main active substance in bleach is sodium hypochlorite which effectively kills the virus and destroys its RNA. Make sure you leave the bleach act for 15 minutes on the surface before you wipe it with a clean cloth.
3. Surgical spirit
The surgical spirit contains ethanol. It is believed to kill coronavirus particles in about 30 seconds. Just like bleach, ethanol destroys both the RNA and the protein found in the virus. Rub the surfaces in your house with a cloth moistened with surgical spirit. It evaporates easily, so you don’t have to wipe it off.
4. Surface wipes
Most surface wipes contain antiseptic, such as benzalkonium chloride. When using surface wipes, make sure you apply pressure while cleaning, so that germs can easily attach to the wipes. Their antiseptic properties will also kill the germs.
5. Hand sanitizers
Hand sanitizers contain ethanol, a substance whose effects on the coronavirus particles have been described above. To kill the virus effectively, make sure the concentration of ethanol in the hand sanitizer is more than 70%.
However, the surfaces aren’t the only places in your house that can be contaminated with coronaviruses. Consider that an infected person produces thousands of contaminated droplets when they cough.
In other words, the virus particles are present in the air as well. According to scientists, COVID-19 can survive in the air for about three hours. Therefore, make sure you open the window regularly to make the droplets disperse and thus improve the air quality in your house.
Although it is possible to become infected with coronavirus if you haven’t washed your hands after touching contaminated surfaces, yet the most common way of its transmission is person-to-person contact. Therefore, the easiest way to protect yourself is to wash your hands thoroughly and as often as possible.