Protecting People

Protecting People

Pathogens, such as the COVID-19 virus, have a number of ways of spreading from one individual to another and these infection pathways needed to be stopped in order to reduce the epidemic or pandemic spread. In the case of Coronavirus – it is primarily a respiratory infection, spreading via respiratory droplets and especially through coughing and sneezing but just breathing the same air as someone who is infected is also thought to contribute to viral spread.  Another critical pathway for viral infection is spread via surfaces or human-to-human contact.  This surface related spread applies not just to inanimate objects such as seats and tables but also to fellow human beings who from time immemorial have touched or held or kissed one another as a sign of greeting and welcome and human’s touching is a major part of family and social life and appears universal across all global cultures.

Scientific knowledge tells us that COVID-19 exists on a variety of surfaces for extended periods of time and in some cases days.  This surface reservoir of COVID-19 virus can be transferred and infect others via hands which then touch faces and come close to mucosal membranes (mouth, eyes, nose) which are considered the main portal of entry for this pathogen.  It is remarkable how frequently we touch our faces each minute of the day, albeit subconsciously.  Infected people tend to have a significant viral load which is readily spread in their saliva during coughing, speaking and even just breathing. These mucosal and salivary droplets contain multiple copies of virus which cling to surfaces such as the person’s clothing and skin.  Recent studies have evaluated the persistence of the COVID-19 virus on different surfaces. One such study found that the COVID-19 virus remained active and transmissible for up to 1 day on cloth and wood, 2 days on glass, and more than 4 days on stainless steel and plastic.

The exact role and potency of surface transmission in the case of COVID-19 is still the subject of much active investigation, but the World Health Organisation’s Interim Guidance focuses on the importance of reducing the potential for viral contamination in non-healthcare settings.

For social or sporting events involving the mass gathering of human beings, this would typically involve deep cleaning and disinfection of all hard surfaces within a room, theatre, stadium in order to render the area ‘COVID secure’. This area though would fail to remain ‘COVID secure’ once people begin to enter.  In such situations, we do not know who has the virus and who is shedding it, in which case we must regard everyone as potentially COVID infected whether they are symptomatic or asymptomatic. When people are admitted into this pre-cleaned secure environment they must be considered as potential virus spreaders and their bodies and clothing must be regarded as infectious.  As such, incoming people and their belongings should be considered an infection spreading risk and should undergo a degree of sanitisation to prevent the virus which covers the skin surface and clothing of people spreading between individuals.

To restate this, a crucial and neglected element in our attempts to control the virus spreading is addressing viral spread via the surfaces of people, clothing and the things they touch.  Until a safe vaccine is developed and rolled out in sufficient quantities, masks, social distancing and minimal population movement and gathering are the most effective public health population measures we can utilise. Happily, we can now deploy and use at scale a revolutionary new sanitisation product that outperforms other alternative surface disinfectants on efficacy and safety.

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