Bulk Sterilization Techniques for Eradicating Coronavirus in Schools & Workplaces
Take a look at those five methods being used around the world to help "kill" Covid-19 viruses in the workplace and school environments, as well as in transportation interiors.
Each time commuters get ready to board a train, bus, or airplane, they asked themselves, "Has this seat been sterilized for coronavirus?"
OSHA and the CDC recently issued updated guidelines that outline key steps that facility managers need to follow to help create a safe and healthy work or school environment.
As it turns out, two of the most important safety guidelines are literally in the hands of workers (or students) themselves. They are:
• frequent handwashing throughout the day and avoiding touching your face
• wearing a mask, which protects others from exposure to your germs and viruses
But beyond these two very important recommendations, what can facility managers do to create a cleaner, safer sterilized environment?
We take a look at five different large-scale cleaning methods that are being used around the world to eradicate the Covid-19 virus from built environments and enclosed interior spaces.
01. Chemically-Based Coronavirus Sanitizing Systems
In our earlier articles about the pandemic, we've written extensively about laboratory research looking at the telltale "spikes" surrounding the Coronavirus. Understanding how these spikes enter the human body (by infecting ACE-2 Receptors) is crucial for developing successful clinical therapies or even an effective Covid-19 vaccine.
However, for sterilizing a built environment, we need to shift gears and focus on the membrane envelope that surrounds each individual Covid-19 virus particle.
Despite their small size (averaging 0.125 microns in diameter), each of these individual virus particles is encapsulated in a relatively fragile lipid membrane, which you can think of as an infinitesimally small drop of oil (or fat, or grease, if you prefer).
That's actually good news. It's relatively easy to break the Covid-19 membrane apart (rendering it effectively "killed") by vigorous handwashing using ordinary soap and water.
Other detergents and chemicals capable of breaking organisms apart (such as alcohol or bleach-based products) are also effective.