Microorganisms are everywhere around us. They can be found in the air, in water, on various surfaces, even on and in our bodies. Many of these will live without causing us any harm whatsoever, some can even help us to stay healthy, while others have the potential cause infection, illness and even death, like SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 virus).
To help prevent the spread of potentially dangerous germs that can lead to deadly infection, a number of protective measures can be taken.
WASH YOUR HANDS
One of the most basic yet effective measures is to simply wash your hands. When you touch a surface with a microorganism or virus particle on it, it will stick to your skin. If you then proceed to touch your face, in particular your eyes, mouth or nose, infection is highly possible.
To reduce your chances of infection, a thorough 20 second scrub of complete hand with soap and water is required to completely remove any dirt, mucus or other viral substances that you may have come into contact with.
Soap is very effective at ‘killing’ the coronavirus because soap contains molecules that compete with the lipids in the virus membrane. These help to dissolve the weak fat membrane which causes the virus to fall apart and become inactive.
If soap is not readily available or practical, then an alcohol-based hand sanitiser is a good temporary solution. However, do keep in mind that you may not be able to effectively clean every crack and crevice of your hands with a hand sanitiser.
When disinfecting the ‘source’ (places where infectious agents live), visibly dirty surfaces should first be cleaned with a detergent. You must pre-clean before the use of disinfectant if the product you are using specifies this in its instructions.
The simple reason for this is that organic matter can deactivate many disinfectants. Pre-cleaning reduces the soil load and allows the disinfectant to act more effectively against the bacteria and viruses targeted.
It is good practice to routinely clean frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, bedrails, table tops, and light switches. When visibly soiled, general surfaces and fitting such as floors, walls, sinks and taps should be similarly cleaned as soon as possible. In any instance, use a warm water detergent solution and ensure that the entire surface receives mechanical action via cloth or mop.
TGA CERTIFIED DISINFECTANTS
If seeking a surface disinfectant to effectively kill the coronavirus, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has published a list of products that are permitted to claim they are effective against COVID-19. For the full list, click here.
Included in this list is hygienicDES 2GO, an unscented, commercial grade surface disinfectant. Not only has it shown to effectively kill a range of harmful bacteria under dirty conditions, it has also proven to be effective against the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 virus) in just 90 seconds, tested under dirty conditions.
Designed and developed by Hagleitner International, an Austrian company at the forefront of innovation in the cleaning and hygiene industries, hygienicDES 2GO is compatible with the integral 2GO dosing system.
This highly intelligent, environmentally responsible hygienic cleaning system ensures the exact dosage of cleaning agent independent of water pressure, viscosity and temperature, and uses up to 80% less water than standard dosing devices.
WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER
Whether practising responsible hand hygiene or adopting an effective surface disinfection routine, everyone has a role to play in helping stop the spread of potentially dangerous bacteria and disease during these unprecedented times. By introducing fundamental infection protection protocols into our daily routines, we can effectively mitigate the harmful effects of this devastating pandemic.