Since the initial outbreak in Wuhan, China in December of 2019 COVID 19 has swept the world in a pandemic that has become truly global and infected millions of people with a knock on effect on business and national economies. Not since the Spanish flu of 2018 have we seen a pandemic on this scale and its impact has not yet stopped making itself felt. Where we can help is by stopping the spread of the virus that causes COVID which is called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). That's because while the virus itself, while it can be spread by sneezing and coughing and can last on some surfaces for days is nonetheless relatively easy to kill if proper disinfection methods are used. Electrostatic cleaning, because it gets to places normal spraying can't is a sure fire winner for killing coronavirus.
How Long can COVID Linger?
How long COVID lives outside of a host depends on what it lands on. It dies in a few hours on copper and lasts a day or so on organic substances such as cardboard. The scary news is that initial tests appear to show that the virus that causes COVID can remain viable, meaning capable of infection, for up to three days if it is on hard surfaces including plastics and stainless steel. That's bad news for all those commercial kitchens, food preparation areas, and medical facilities that rely on stainless steel surfaces. The good news is that the virus is rendered inactive by simple soap and can be immediately killed by a large number of disinfectant agents. Electrostatic cleaning, by getting to all surfaces and spreading disinfectant into every niche and cranny will kill far more than traditional disinfectant sprays.
Killing the Virus
SARS-CoV-2 is what's called an envelope virus. All viruses exist by attaching themselves to a host and unlike bacteria they cannot live for long without that host. Non envelope viruses have a hard protein shell called a capsid which attaches to the host. Envelope viruses have that capsid too but it is enclosed in a lipid membrane that helps it stick to its host. That lipid membrane is the weak point of the virus because it can be destroyed by soap, by alcohol based sanitizer (above 60 per cent alcohol), and by a number of disinfectant agents including bleach. With our electrostatic cleaning spray we can get those disinfectants into every hiding place.
Disinfectant vs Sanitizer
Although the terms are commonly used interchangeably there is in fact a difference between the meaning of disinfectant and sanitizer. Simply put sanitizing reduces the number of germs on a surface while disinfectants aim to kill them all. Disinfectants are thus preferable for dangerous germs but because they are sometimes harsh chemicals they are not all suitable for applying directly onto human skin. Which is why you should hand sanitizer and not disinfectant wipes on your hands and skin. When it comes to cleaning your premises and work surfaces however we prefer to use disinfectants in order to ensure the strongest attack and the greatest rate of killing germs.
EPA Authorized Disinfectants
The good news is that lots of things can kill COVID – in fact the EPA has issued a formal list of known disinfectants proven to kill the virus and it features three hundred disinfectants. Our range of electrostatically applied germ killing products ensure that we can kill COVID wherever it is hiding.