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Survival Times

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Survival Times

COVID-19 is still a very real threat, it is an invisible, odourless enemy that we are still having to fight against on a day-to-day basis.

We are hearing more and more about the risks of transmission in different settings – one of these major risks is surface transmission. Not just through touch, but also through infected droplets landing on surfaces and then becoming a risk to the next person who touches that area of surface. This is why masks are so important as a primary protection, they can catch those droplets that fly through the air and land on surfaces. But what about secondary levels of protection, to decrease that risk further – to ensure that this awful virus cannot survive on surfaces?

This is where DCD, and the fogging treatments we offer, become a vital tool to help fight the fight and reduce this virus. By fogging areas, we can protect surfaces and hard to reach areas to ensure that viruses, bacteria and germs cannot survive.

Zoono is an antimicrobial surface sanitiser that provides a bonded surface made up of billions of ‘pins’ that puncture pathogen cell membranes and renders them harmless. It works by breaking down the fatty layer that protects the virus – meaning it cannot survive.

It is food-safe, non-tainting, non-leaching (it won’t break down surfaces such as PU leather in the way that bleaches and acids can), it is water based and not harmful to humas or animals. It leaves no sticky or visible residue. It even has the same toxicity level as a glass of lemonade!

We can help you by offering protection from surface and cross-contamination for up to 30 days!!! You can rest assured you have done everything possible to protect your commercial or residential premises, including any vehicle too! Zoono has all the test results you need to demonstrate effectiveness against enveloped viruses, along with many more viruses, germs and bacteria.

There is constant changing data supplied about the length of time COVID-19 can survive on surfaces. Recent reviews into the survival of human coronaviruses on surfaces found large variability, ranging from 2 hours to 9 days!!

The survival time depends on a number of factors, including the type of surface, temperature, relative humidity and specific strain of the virus. As mentioned above, studies to date suggest that the virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through contact with respiratory droplets rather than through the air.

People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick. (Ref: WHO).

So, what are the current survival times from recent studies?

Metal – 5 days Examples: doorknobs, jewellery, silverware

Wood – 4 days Examples: furniture, decking

Plastics – 2 to 3 days Examples: milk containers and detergent bottles, subway and bus seats, backpacks, elevator buttons

Stainless steel – 2 to 3 days Examples: refrigerators, pots and pans, sinks, some water bottles

Cardboard – 24 hours Examples: shipping boxes

Copper – 4 hours Examples: pennies, teakettles, cookware

Aluminum – 2 to 8 hours Examples: soda cans, tinfoil, water bottles

Glass – up to 5 days Examples: drinking glasses, measuring cups, mirrors, windows

Ceramics – 5 days Examples: dishes, pottery, mugs

Paper – up to 5 days Examples: mail, newspaper The length of time varies. Some strains of coronavirus live for only a few minutes on paper, while others live for up to 5 days.

Food – it has been shown to survive in icecream! Examples: takeout, produce Results are inconclusive at present

Water Coronavirus hasn't been found in drinking water. If it does get into the water supply, your local water treatment plant filters and disinfects the water, which should kill any germs.

Fabrics – not enough research at present Examples: clothes, linens There’s not much research about how long the virus lives on fabric, but it’s probably not as long as on hard surfaces.

Shoes – tests are ongoing

One study tested the shoe soles of medical staff in a Chinese hospital intensive care unit (ICU) and found that half were positive for nucleic acids from the virus. But it’s not clear whether these pieces of the virus cause infection. The hospital’s general ward, which had people with milder cases, was less contaminated than the ICU.

Skin and hair – research is ongoing

There’s no research yet on exactly how long the virus can live on your skin or hair. Rhinoviruses, which cause colds, survive for hours. That’s why it’s important to wash or disinfect your hands, which are most likely to come into contact with contaminated surfaces.

What can you do??

Contact us today to find out how we can help you. No property is too big or too small for us to treat.

The technology is priceless, but the treatments really are not as expensive as you may think! With prices starting from just £15 for a car, and £75 for a 2 bed flat, you can’t afford not to contact us!

West Sussex: 01403 700392 Surrey: 01932 869806


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