The global outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has led to the worldwide use of chemical disinfectants to sterilize homes, offices, religious centers, malls, and public facilities and spaces to prevent further spread of the deadly virus.
Effective disinfectants do a good job in deactivating the virus's growth and its mode of action. Besides, a recent study has revealed that the COVID-19 virus can survive on any infected surfaces for about nine days and remains active, hence, further increasing its spread among the public.
To reduce the possibility of infection, public health agencies, particularly WHO, has strongly recommended and encouraged that people maintain a top-notch level of personal hygiene by regularly washing their hands with soap for a minimum of 20 seconds or by using disinfectants that can deactivate and kill the virus and eliminate its infectivity.
Multi-user items like ATMs, railings, shopping carts, elevator buttons, doorknobs, etc., are regarded as areas of a high risk that will increase the virus's transmitting and, therefore, require frequent sterilization with effective disinfectants.
Disinfectants are substances that are used regularly to sterilize surfaces and spaces. An area or a device is considered sterilized when the disinfectant kills and eliminates microbial infecting any agents. But, a disinfectant's ability to completely deactivate a microbe depends on the mode of action of the chemical, the molecular structure of the pathogen's surface, and the intracellular vulnerability.
Presently, only two Lysol products have already been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use against the Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19). The products are Lysol Disinfectant Spray and Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist. These recently approved disinfectants can be used on both hard and nonporous surfaces.
Although there are already about 400 disinfecting products the EPA lists as effective against eliminating emerging viral pathogens and human Coronavirus, the Lysol disinfectant products are the first to be tested directly against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) or SARS-CoV-2.
The best scientific studies revealed that alcohol-containing solutions of at least 60% proof are most effective in killing deadly viruses such as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) or SARS-CoV-2 non-enveloped viruses. Each Lysol disinfectant possesses about 40.33% alcohol and other ingredients that might be effective and help kill Coronavirus.
After 2 minutes of contact, both Lysol disinfecting products killed the Coronavirus, based on the press release from Reckitt Benckiser Group, the producers of Lysol.
Note that every EPA-approved disinfectant has its own product directions. It's highly essential that you carefully read the product descriptions to ensure proper use of the product.
We are supporting full lockdown, yet COVID-19 cases are proceeding to rise, worries, and amidst panic seizing the entire world. The government officials and complete medical and health organizations are fighting hard to hold the spread of COVID-19 disease and many suggestions are going around the world.
But, if there is one important approach set down by the health advisories, administration, and all other additional stakeholders in the community, to reduce the transmission of the coronavirus and safeguard each one of us, this can be achieved by following all the preventive measures and to stay on home quarantine.
Cleaning and disinfecting are two essential factors that one should start with, beginning with your home to preserve your place and remain protected from any microbes or bacteria. It is suggested by the Centre of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to clean and sanitize your home even if there are not any sick people at home. It is very important to clean and disinfect highly–contacted areas and surfaces in our homes, at least once a day to stay protected, as we all travel for work or to different places or any person is leaving or visiting your home or if any delivery person is coming in. So, use proper EPA-approved disinfectants and stay safe.