COVID-19 spreads from one person to the next through the droplets that an infected person expels through coughing or sneezing. These droplets cannot travel very far, but they do present a danger to others because they can land on the various surfaces in your house. This is the most common manner of transmission for the COVID-19 virus. Social distancing works to keep the illness from spreading, but you need to know how to kill COVID-19 on home surfaces to keep your family from getting sick.
It’s not possible to prevent COVID on surfaces, but you can make sure that you kill COVID-19 virus on home surfaces after an infected person touches a them. Many studies have demonstrated that people do not always know that they are infected with the virus because they don’t have any symptoms. This means that people are touching many surfaces and leaving the virus behind without even knowing that this is happening. Then, the virus can live on the surface for a couple of hours or as long as several days, and the type of surface doesn’t seem to matter. The CDC recommends that you clean and at least disinfect your home to prevent COVID on surfaces.
Cleaning, Disinfecting and Sanitizing to kill covid virus
- Cleaning is the removal of dirt or other impurities from the surfaces in your home. It is done with water and soap or detergents and can be completed by hand or with a machine.
- Disinfecting is the process by which someone removes the majority or entirety of the pathogenic microorganisms other than bacterial spores. Pathogenic microorganisms are substances that can cause diseases. Some examples are worms, protozoa, fungi, bacteria and viruses.
- Sanitizing reduces the instances of bacteria. This means that sanitizing can kill the majority of bacteria, but it doesn’t kill all of the viruses in existence.
The surfaces that members of your family frequently touch must be cleaned on a regular basis. These are the doorknobs, light switches, toilet seats, faucets, desks, handles, tables and sinks. You can clean with ordinary household cleaners, but you can also use EPA-registered disinfectants.
During the cleaning process, you may use products that kill microorganisms. These products will have names that have the ending “cide” or “cidal.” These are the typical products used for cleaning, and they kill the germs. Several examples are tuberculocide, sporicide, bactericide, fungicide and virucide. A virucide is used to kill viruses as the name suggests.
EPA-registered disinfectants are on the EPA’s List N of disinfectants for the COVID-19 virus. All of the products on this list are to be used on surfaces in your home. When you use these products according to the EPA’s instructions, they will kill COVID-19 on home surfaces.
If you are going to disinfect or sanitize your home surfaces, you must clean them first to remove inorganic or organic materials. Inorganic materials are materials that contain carbon and come from living things, and organic materials are carbon-based compounds that come from the remains of organisms. If you do not do this, any organic or inorganic materials left on the surface can interfere with the effectiveness of the disinfection or sanitization processes.
The Disinfection Process
The disinfection process requires that you use liquid chemicals. You cannot kill all viruses and bacterial spores by disinfecting, but you can kill more of them by leaving the chemical on the surface for three to 12 hours. Intermediate-level disinfectants may kill a majority of the viruses, but they will not kill bacterial spores.
The Sanitization Process
The first thing to do is read the manufacturer’s instructions and make sure that you follow them. The instructions will tell you how long to leave the chemical on the surface. The chemical will need to be on the surface for the length of time that the instructions tell you to leave it because it needs to be wet to be able to kill all of the microorganisms. You must let this chemical dry by air. Do not wipe the surface down with a cloth to make it dry faster because the cloth will contaminate the surface. If you are sanitizing surfaces where you place food or toys, you will want to rinse these surfaces after they are dry.
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