Since the winter of 2020, the world has been focused on COVID-19, and rightly so, but we cannot forget about the rest of the bacterial world that exists and the steps that need to be taken to ensure those bacteria and viruses do not get transmitted via hard surfaces.
One of the biggest challenges in environmental infection prevention is the re-contamination and re-growth of pathogens on surfaces. There is a need to continuously and actively disinfectant surfaces.
Examples of pathogen lifespans on surfaces are listed below:1
- MRSA: 9 months
- Staphylococci: 7 months
- Norovirus: 3 weeks
- SARS-CoV2, SARS, HIV, H1N1: Days to weeks
Prior to COVID-19, the headlines were about Staph, MRSA, Norovirus, or Influenza outbreaks in our schools and other public settings. These illnesses have not gone away, but due to the current restrictions on activities, combined with mask-wearing, and new cleaning and air filtration standards, these illnesses have not been recently reported. They have not gone away but are at bay due to all the guidelines put in place with COVID-19.
Back in 2011, the Director-General of the World Health Organization said, “The emergence and spread of drug-resistant pathogens have accelerated. More and more essential medicines are failing. The therapeutic arsenal is shrinking.” 2 This has not changed. Therefore, cleaning and disinfecting will always be our front line of defense in preventing the spread of germs.
The CDC has provided guidelines for proper environmental cleaning in schools and other public facilities and this includes disinfecting using U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s List N disinfectants which kills any remaining germs on surfaces.3 Under the CDC’s guideline for preventing the spread of influenza (H1N1) “Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are touched often. Typically, this means daily sanitizing surfaces and objects such as desks, countertops, doorknobs, computer keyboards, hands-on learning items, faucet handles, phones, and toys.”4 These high touch surfaces are also found in transportation vehicles where seats, armrests, door handles, seat belt buckles, doors, and windows, and grab bars and handles should be cleaned.
PURE® is a product that meets the EPA’s standard for best practices for environmental cleaning.5 This includes being nontoxic and easy to use. As far as disinfectant standards, PURE® is 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.