Since March 2020, I and so many others have been locked down for almost four months and counting because of a novel coronavirus outbreak or COVID-19 as it is commonly called. The name was derived where “CO” stands for corona, “VI” stands for virus, and “D” stands for disease. The virus spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person talks, sneezes, or coughs. Depending on where you are in the world strict measures have been put into place to help stop the spread.
With business, restaurants, schools, etc. opening up, many ask the question “am I to disinfect or sanitize my area” To help you out, we want to break down what are the differences.
Cleaning removes germs, dirt and other contaminations from the surface of any object. Some use soap and water to physically remove debris from the surface but unfortunately it does not kill most harmful germs or viruses.
Now when it comes disinfecting and sanitizing, disinfecting is what you want to aim for. Sanitizing is a lower level of cleaning that removes some germs from a hard surface or the skin. Disinfecting kills the most germs and viruses on the surface while sanitizing lowers the number of germs or viruses on a surface. Disinfecting works by using various chemicals to kill germs but works best after the initial removal of debris from the surface has been done. The first step in disinfection is cleaning the surface and then disinfecting it creates the best barrier of spreading any infection.
It is very important to make sure that you match your cleaning and disinfecting activities and products to the type of germs that you want to kill and remove. So, if you are traveling, going back to school, or work, make sure that you pay attention and clean properly.