The study calls into question the use of disinfectants
to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.
According to the CDC, while it is possible to contract the disease by touching COVID-contaminated surfaces and then touching your nose, mouth, or eyes, the chances of this happening are “generally less than one in 10,000.”
Further effective handwashing can reduce these chances even more. In most cases, the Brief concludes, transmission of the virus is through the inhalation of airborne droplets.
In addition, it states that on most surfaces, there is a “99 percent reduction in infectious SARS-CoV-2 (coronavirus) within 72 hours.”
The degradation may even be faster because many studies are not conducted under “real world” conditions.
“While the study does not call into question the need for surfaces to be kept clean, it does call into question the use of disinfectants,” says Stephen Ashkin, America’s “Father of Green Cleaning,” and the cleaning industry’s leading advocate for sustainability.
The study goes beyond just questioning the use of disinfectants to stop the transmission of COVID-19, stating they are all too frequently misused.
“There have been increases in poisonings and injuries from unsafe use of cleaners and disinfectants since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to the CDC Brief.
“Some types of disinfection applications, particularly those including fogging or misting, are neither safe nor effective for inactivating the virus unless properly used.”
While the study does suggest surface disinfecting may help prevent transmission of the disease within households, there is still little scientific data to support this claim.
Ashkin says that the big takeaway of this latest report on the transmission of COVID-19 is that “we are likely over disinfecting. It is unnecessary; it is proving to be unhealthy for people, including cleaning workers, and certainly not healthy for the environment.”
Instead of such emphasis on disinfecting to stop the transmission of COVID-19, “effective cleaning and effective handwashing is likely all that is necessary to slow the spread of this disease.”
The study is located here.
About The Ashkin Group and Stephen Ashkin
The Ashkin Group, LLC, is an internationally recognized consulting firm working to Green the professional cleaning industry. Their expertise is utilized by governments, policy makers, advocates, building owners, property management companies, labor unions, trade and professional associations, manufacturers, service providers, and janitorial product distributors worldwide.
Stephen P. Ashkin, founder of The Ashkin Group, is known as the Father of Green Cleaning. An author and a frequent public speaker, Steve’s commitment to Green Cleaning is more than a business: it is a passion, a calling, a mission in life—to transform the professional cleaning industry.