Disinfection in times of pandemic is a priority. Along with creating a healthy environment, it is important to continue to practice healthy lifestyle habits. These habits should include a healthy diet, physical exercise, adequate rest, and recreation can have a great influence on achieving a satisfying and healthy life.
Nevertheless, given the unique circumstances that we are living through, an additional factor must be taken into account; additional disinfection strategies. The continuing pandemic requires implementing rigorous disinfecting regimes (standard operating procedures – SOP) should be developed and followed.
Disinfection in times of pandemic: the spaces of the home
Cleaning and disinfection during the pandemic within the home is an important tool that can be used to create a safer and healthier home environment. It is advisable to buy products that efficiently and effectively provide the best defense against all potential pathogens. To do this, research the products you use, read EPA recommendations and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Soap and water are your allies, HOCL, Quat, and alcohol. On the other hand, avoid the use of vinegar because it may not be enough. Additionally, research the EPA “N” list for disinfectants that are effective against the Covid-19 virus when applied and used as per the manufacturer’s recommendations It is especially important to meet the recommended dwell times.
Even though the quarantine has largely demobilized the population; going outside to meet the demands of everyday life is essential. Disinfecting spaces, such as the vehicle in which you have to move, are important even in non-pandemic times. The virus is reported to stay virulent for up to 72 hours on surfaces. Some tips that might be helpful during the process are:
- First wash the car, rinsing the used detergent, then proceed to disinfect.
- Select a good detergent, those used for washing dishes are appropriate.
- Avoid excess foam, especially on the seats.
- For disinfection avoid bleach and peroxide. A hypochlorous Acid (HOCL) or quaternary ammonium on the EPA’s “N” list is a good choice.
- Take into account each of the spaces and accessories of the vehicle including handles, trunk, floor, carpets, steering wheel, seats, seat belts.
- Don’t forget to disinfect your car keys.
Precautions to take into account before and after disinfection
Make sure to protect the person performing the cleaning of those who carry out the cleaning, as they are exposed to contamination during the process, would be the following:
- Make use of disposable gloves that must be discarded after each use.
- Wear a mask that covers the mouth and nose
- Use a disposable apron. If you don’t have one on hand, you should wash the clothes used during the disinfection of the vehicle.
- All disposable material should be placed in a properly sealed plastic bag before being thrown into the trash can.
- Hands should be washed thoroughly with soap and water after disinfection.
- There is also the option of going to a service station specialized in disinfection for more security.
Some aspects around the disinfection of school spaces
Although the pandemic has kept schools closed for months, the spring term is starting to bring students back to campus. School administrators are scrambling to design disinfecting regimens that will protect students and teachers while inspiring confidence.
Understandably, there is fear on the part of parents, teachers and, students returning to school. The good news is that it is possible to take biosecurity measures that lessen the chance of being infected by pathogens. These are:
- Eliminate indoor close contact group activities.
- Toys like stuffed animals that are not washable should also be removed.
- Toys and work tables should be disinfected at least twice a day usually at the beginning and the end of the school day.
- Outside the classrooms, door handles, drinking fountains, bathrooms, the playground equipment, should be disinfected multiple times per school day.
- Today schools must have good disinfection products, follow manufacturer instructions and EPA dwell times.
All areas should be well ventilated since these disinfectant products can have strong odors.
Provisions that parents should take when sending their children to school
Children must be aware of the ways they can help spread the prevention of the virus. Parents should also encourage them to do the following activities:
- Children should wear a well-fitted regulation mask; they must be instructed in the proper use of them.
- Encourage them to wash their hands frequently.
- Convince them to maintain social distance as much as possible.
- Ask them not to share food or toys.
- Make sure to not send your child to school if they are ill.
- No child should attend classes if a family member at home is infected with COVID-19.
Disinfection of school transport
Many students ride on school buses which should be disinfected before the morning drive and the drive home. These vehicles, due to their size, can require a substantial amount of work when being disinfected. That is why the help should be maximized if a single person supports them.
When possible it is important to provide good ventilation. Open bus windows.
The first cleaning step should include removing all debris and wiping up with a cleaner any biomasses. Secondly, the seats, window hardware, and any handles should be misted with an EPA “N” listed disinfectant for the prescribed dwell time.
The procedure consists of spraying a cloud of the microdroplets of a product that allows the disinfection of the bus spaces. Don’t forget: disinfecting is a priority today and you have to do it without fail.
What disinfection product can we use to disinfect our spaces?
We have our high quality product Sanitizer Pro™ 1OO, which has the ability to eliminate the COVID-19 virus, offers a powerful micro-spray that is perfect for disinfecting your home, office, vehicles, is non-irritating at the concentrations used, has no penetrating odor, has no residual effect, does not damage control panels and is non-corrosive on metals.
Here at Nebtec, we want to do our part to help educate our customers and keep them safe and healthy during this difficult time. If you have any questions about our products, please don’t hesitate to reach out.