Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, commonly referred to as SARS-CoV-2. Coronavirus is also known as novel coronavirus, which means it is a new strain of virus previously unknown to virologists. The disease gets its number 19 from the year it was discovered.
Transmission of Germs
It is factual that; your hands are one of the main routes that viruses take to make their way from surfaces to your respiratory system, so keeping surfaces clean is one of the most effective things you can do to stop yourself contracting the virus. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for twenty seconds. If you can’t get to a sink, an alcohol-based hand sanitiser will do the trick.
A question raises its head, regarding the quality of sanitisers. Some have low alcohol content. Medical grade sanitiser is over 70% alcohol (Ethanol or Isopropyl) this substance is intended to destroy or make harmful organisms like bacteria and viruses, including the coronavirus, inactive. The WHO (World Health Organisation) recommend just that. According to the available evidence on efficacy, tolerability and cost effectiveness, WHO recommends using an alcohol-based hand rub (hand sanitiser) for routine hand antisepsis in most clinical situations. It would logically follow that a high alcohol hand sanitiser would be more than adequate for general usage by the general public too.
Hand Sanitiser compliant with the WHO is available here https://www.tradeshopdirect.co.uk/hydroalcoholic-hand-sanitising-gel-min-70-alcohol
Effectiveness of Wipes
Dr Clare Lanyon a biomedical scientist from Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne was speaking to The Telegraph after conducting an experiment for the BBC programme, Trust Me I’m A Doctor, which found “dramatic growth” of microbes within 12 hours of cleaning with a regular kitchen surface with wipe.
This then raises the question regarding the wipe itself. ‘are general surface wipes good enough to protect us?’ Looking at general surface wipes they are not only as effective as Dr Clare Lanyon states, but; they also contain plastic, making most of them last for years instead of breaking down.
PoshChemie® has a product sold by Trade Shop Direct, called Alcohol Based Anti-Bacterial Surface Cleaner. This has an alcohol content of 73.4% minimum, which makes it medical grade. It can be sprayed onto hard surfaces to kill 99.99% of bacteria and virus (including coronavirus) on the surface. The surface can be wiped with a paper towel to dry if required. Paper towels contain no plastic, so these are compostable, and break down unlike the majority of general wipes.
High Alcohol Surface Cleaner without the ‘Plastic Wipe’ https://www.tradeshopdirect.co.uk/alcohol-based-anti-bacterial-surface-cleaner