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DISINFECTANTS FOR BUSINESSES IN COVID-19
With the ongoing pandemic of COVID-19, the need for the time is a proper solution so businesses that are already running along with new setups can run smoothly without being at risk.
Today, I aim to talk about different types of disinfectants for businesses in COVID-19 and beyond. So let’s start.
Firstly, Disinfection is the process of cleaning something, especially with a chemical, to destroy bacteria.
Common disinfectants include alcohols, quaternary ammonium salts, formaldehyde, and glutaraldehyde.
Also, bleach, chloramine, chlorine dioxide, ozone, silver dihydrogen citrate, and thymol. …
Some antiseptics are hydrogen peroxide, iodine, polyhexanide, and povidone-iodine, alcohol, boric acid, and benzalkonium chloride.
Commercial formulations based on these chemicals are considered unique products and must be registered with EPA or cleared by the FDA.
Mostly, a given product is designed for a specific purpose and is to be used in a certain manner.
Therefore, users need to read labels carefully to ensure that they are selecting the correct product for the intended use and apply them efficiently.
Secondly, the most targeted surfaces which result in the transmission of the virus are door handles and knobs, handrails of escalators, light switches, table, commonly used telephone sets, faucets, sinks, chairs, and desk.
Along with customer service counters, paper files, pens, utensils, paper towel/ napkin dispensers, etc.
Extra care is needed to disinfect these surfaces touched repeatedly by different individuals both at publically used places and at household settings.
Thirdly, in offices and other working places, one of the main sources of transmission is a commonly used computer keyboard which is difficult to clean due to narrow space between the keys and also the electricity-sensitivity of its hardware to liquids.
Therefore such computers should have signs of proper hand hygiene before and after using computers to minimize the risk of virus transmission.
Ideally, the keyboards should be covered with commercially available plastic sheets that can easily be cleaned with an appropriate disinfect.
If such sheets are not available then use disinfectant wipes i.e. the use of a 70% isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes.
These may gently be used to wipe the hard, nonporous surfaces of the computer, such as the display, keyboard, or other exterior surfaces.
However, care must be taken to avoid getting moisture in any opening. Some of the recommended disinfectants are given in the table below.
Fourthly, other areas and places that are prone to catching more viruses are through person-to-person contact during traveling.
Thus making Airports, Railway and Bus stations more vulnerable.
Some of the recommended measures to deal with the problem at hand are to treat airplanes, trains, and buses which must be disinfected with suitable disinfectant every time i.e. daily basis or at least on alternate days.
These places can be disinfected through; spraying with hand compression pumps, Cold fogging, Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) treatment, Wet-mopping, and/or auto-scrubbing of floors of airports and stations.
Fifthly, wearing disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and gloves should be discarded after each cleaning.
If reusable gloves are used, those gloves should be dedicated to cleaning and disinfection of surfaces for COVID-19 and should not be used for other purposes.
Also smaller objects like doorknobs, handles, handrails of escalators, faucets, sinks, etc., should be treated through wiping 4-5 times a day.
And lastly, passengers also need to be sanitized on arrival and at departure time. The same practice and procedures need to be adapted for other sites i.e. hospitals, restaurants, schools, and courts, etc.
In the end, I would reiterate the fact if we take all precautionary measures as an individual, we can curb COVID-19. Think about it. Until next time stay safe and healthy.