Which Disinfectants are Effective Against COVID-19?

All over the world, scientists are trying to gain a deeper understanding of COVID-19 so that they can determine how to stop the spread of the disease.

Why are Cleaning And Disinfecting So Important To Stop The Spread?

COVID-19 is extremely infectious and has already been the cause of death for thousands of people globally. It is spread via droplets of breath from infected people. These droplets and respiratory secretions often land on surfaces, which they can stay live on for days. The disease can then be transmitted to others who touch the surface and touch their face. It can also be spread to other surfaces by the carrier.

As such, thoroughly cleaning surfaces that are frequently touched is critical in preventing the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is encased in fatty envelopes rather than proteins. This means that the disease can be easily cleaned with soapy water, then killed by wiping the surface with a disinfectant that has antiviral activity.

Which Disinfectants Are Effective In Deactivating Coronavirus?

Sodium hypochlorite (chlorine bleach) is recommended by both the Australian Department of Health and the World Health Organisation for deactivating coronavirus. The Australian Department of Health recommends that sodium hypochlorite should be 0.1% concentrated and have a time of 10 minutes of contact on the surface.

In addition to sodium hypochlorite, there are several other types of disinfectants that claim to be antiviral, including:

  • Isopropanol
  • Peracetic acid
  • Quaternary ammonium compounds

The Australian Department of Health advises that: “The disinfectant used should be one for which the manufacturer claims antiviral activity, meaning it can kill the virus”.

What are the Registered Disinfectants That Can Kill Coronavirus?

The Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) outlines the registered disinfectants that can kill coronavirus.

In order to comply with relevant legislation, disinfectants must be registered with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and listed on the ARTG if they are labelled as either a:

  • Hospital-grade disinfectant with or without specific claims
  • Household/commercial disinfectant with specific claims

To be registered on the ARTG they must be tested against the TGO 104 Standard for Disinfectants and Sanitary Products.

At Integrated Compliance Solutions, our team of experienced consultants can assist your cleaning company in managing the current and post-pandemic industry requirements. For more information about our COVID-19 Gap Analysis service, designed explicitly for those in the cleaning sector, contact us today.

The information in this article was sourced from the following: https://www.incleanmag.com.au/how-to-tell-which-disinfectants-are-effective-against-covid-19/

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