We are all worried about the spread of the Corona virus and the threat it poses to us all. The primary path of exposure is through airborne transmission. However, we now know that the virus can survive on surfaces for an uncertain period of time. A new study, currently under peer review, found that the virus can remain viable in the air for up to 3 hours and on some surfaces up to 3 days. Countertops, door knobs, and other surfaces that we touch with our hands are potential sources of transmission. Frequent cleaning of these surfaces can reduce the risk of infection.
The virus is enveloped in a bubble of oily lipid residue which falls apart upon contact with soap. Cleaning surfaces daily is an important weapon in the fight to contain its spread. Our recommendation is to clean your countertop surfaces on a daily basis using a wet cloth, mild detergent and scrubbing as if you are attempting to remove a sticky substance. To further disinfect, consider applying an alcohol solution containing at least 70% alcohol to a cloth and wiping all surfaces. Many disinfectant products are currently out of stock and may take weeks to obtain. Denatured alcohol can be purchased at your local Home Depot, Lowes or Ace Hardware. This product is usually readily available, easy to apply, evaporates quickly and does not produce a strong lingering odor. To learn more about cleaning methods and products click on the links below:
American Chemistry Council – “Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Fighting Products”