Hand washing and hand sanitizing are among the easiest behaviors to employ in an effort to avoid being affected by and spreading germs that can cause disease. On inanimate surfaces, we use disinfectants and bleach often to combat germs left on tables, doors, door handles, plumbing fixtures and other high-contact surfaces. But most only offer a fleeting defense in the form of killing existing germs. As soon as a germy hand, for instance, comes in contact with a disinfected surface, it most likely is re-contaminated and becomes once again a threat to spread germs and ultimately infections and illness. Using existing technologies that offer extended protection – and developing even better ones – is essential to making progress in the control of germs that cause infection and disease.
Scientists found that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can be detected in aerosols for up to three hours and on plastic and stainless steel surfaces for up to three days. Study suggests new coronavirus may remain on surfaces for days illustrates the need to clean often and to seek out technologies that have staying power on surfaces to maximize positive impact.
- Much of the direction offered by the CDC in this article addressing MRSA is relevant to keeping yourself safe from a variety of disease. Cleaning and Disinfection.
- We leave a lot behind – a lot – when we leave a room. With you in the room, bacteria counts spike