The Unintended Consequences of COVID Fatigue

The Unintended Consequences of COVID Fatigue

Man with different cleaning products

It’s been two years since our world was turned upside down due to COVID, and there seems to be ambivalence about cleaning and disinfecting practices, and what products are being used.

As we’ve traveled across the country talking with folks, we continue to hear the same things. “We don’t know what’s in the bottle they give us.” “Aren’t viruses, bacteria, and fungi (including mold and mildew) all the same? “Don’t we kill everything when we clean?” “We use a sanitizer, why do we have to use a disinfectant?” “We were told this protects for 30 days, why do we have to disinfect daily.” And lastly, “Aren’t all products the same?”

Start with the Basics

Cleaning products remove debris from a surface, but they do not kill bacteria, fungi, or viruses. And while sanitizing products kill bacteria and fungi, they don’t kill viruses. Only disinfecting products kill bacteria, fungi, and viruses.

Next, not all disinfecting products are alike. Some need to be wiped off after application due to residue, while others need to fully dry before a surface can be used. Some even require the use of PPE (personal protective equipment) to prevent irritation to the hands, eyes, nose, and lungs because they contain toxic chemicals.

There are also anti-microbial products on the market that contain polymers. They claim to offer extended residual protection, but in reality, they only inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungi or reduce the presence of microbes, they do not necessarily kill them, and they definitely don’t kill viruses.

Name Brand Products

Be careful of “trusted” brand named products, as they may contain toxic chemicals such as quaternary ammonia, chlorides, alcohol, and peroxide which when applied in an aerosol form can lead to potential respiratory and other health issues. Although these products will kill most viruses, bacteria, and fungi, users should consider the health concerns surrounding them.

If a product is labeled a cleaner, it has zero efficacy for disinfecting and must be used in conjunction with a disinfectant. NEVER mix cleaners and disinfectants as there could be a chemical reaction causing a toxic gas. In addition, combining these products can also change the properties of the chemicals in both products rendering them ineffective. Selecting the appropriate cleaner and disinfectant should be based on the type of surface being cleaned, as well as understanding the potential health hazards of using them. So now that we have covered the basics, our next question is very simple.

How to Clean and Disinfect Safely and Effectively?

Fortunately, there are products like PURE® Multi-Purpose and Floor Cleaner and PURE® Hard Surface Disinfectant that safely and effectively deliver broad-spectrum power to clean and eliminate dangerous pathogens in a wide range of environments.  PURE® Multi-Purpose and Floor Cleaner is non-toxic and safe for use on food contact surfaces.  PURE® Hard Surface Disinfectant kills 99.999% of bacteria, viruses, and fungi including:

  • SARS-Co_V-2 (causes COVID-19)
  • Influenza
  • Staphylococcus
  • MRSA
  • E. coli
  • Salmonella
  • Hepatitis B and C
  • HIV Type 1

If everyone agrees that work, learning, entertainment, and transportation environments all need to be cleaned and disinfected and that the workers applying t

he cleaning and disinfecting products should not be exposed to potential health risks, why should they continue to use sanitizers, antimicrobials, and/or toxic products?

Man in protective suit


  • STOP using products that don’t kill everything (bacteria, fungi, and viruses).
  • STOP using products that require PPE when applying.



PURE® products can safely and effectively clean and disinfect all surfaces.  An application of PURE® Hard Surface Disinfectant only needs to be done once every 24 hours and does not require a surface to be wiped down afterward and can be applied without the use of PPE.

PURE® is a product that meets the EPA’s standard for best practices for environmental cleaning.1  This includes being nontoxic and easy to use.  As far as disinfectant standards, PURE® is a broad spectrum, materially compatible, and non-flammable.  It provides a strong first line of defense in combating surface transmission and provides a residual microbial effect on treated surfaces.

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