Tips that might help you understand the best strategy to mitigate viral exposure from a 30 year veteran of the cleaning and restoration business.
First,’s vital to remember that a virus isn’t a living thing, therefore cannot be “killed”…..
Viruses are DNA & RNA protected by a thin layer of lipids (fats)
Rather, the strategy is to deactivate the virus by destruction of its lipid layer and thusly deactivating its fragile, informational strands of DNA & RNA.
This is why anything that effectively dissolves lipids will deactivate viruses.
Alcohol is also an antibacterial but it’s efficacy at deactivating viruses lies in its ability to dissolve lipids. 65% and above is sufficient.
Alcohol is a great choice in remote situations as it’s volatile and will evaporate completely, leaving no residue
Anyone who’s ever washed animal fat from their hands or dishes understands why plain old warm water and soap works as well
Heat and particularly high ph dissolves lipids.
For that matter , anything with a high ph is extremely effective at deactivating viruses.
Washing with soap and warm water when available is actually better than alcohol treatment because it also washes away viral matter because everything including viral matter “likes” this newly charged high ph water molecule and rinses away.
Knowing this, a simple solution of water mixed with a bit of ammonia is excellent on surfaces to deactivate viruses as it’s extremely aggressive against lipids.
Ammonia should not be used on delicate surfaces like certain textiles, leather, finished wood, painted surfaces etc as it can damage finishes and damage colors and dyes. Use with caution.
We’ve seen people suggest vinegar but the reason why it’s a poor choice is vinegar doesn’t dissolve lipids. While vinegar can be used as an astringent for bacterium, we should remember that a virus isn’t a living thing and acetic acid is highly ineffective against it.
Another crucial fact that seems to be getting lost is that this virus is so small, it’s considered an aerosol (small enough to stay suspended in air for prolonged periods of time)
Inside encapsulated air spaces like public buildings allows from much higher concentration.
Outside air spaces allow for much lower potential concentrations.
They stay activated longer in dark,cool, moist air.
Less in warm , dry air with ultraviolet light.
I am less than confident about surgical masks and N95’s efficiency at arresting matter as small as this virus (120-125 nanometers)
When doing demo work, they don’t stop all of demolition dust which is 5000-10’000 nanometers.
Only a full face respirator is capable of arresting matter down to 100 nanometers.
I made this post because I wanted those who genuinely want to give themselves the greatest chance at not becoming infected, have the most intelligent strategy going forward.
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