Should we continue to clean surfaces from the Corona virus?
Scientific recommendations indicated that surface cleaning procedures can be eased to prevent viruses, especially the emerging corona virus, as surfaces do not spread this virus easily.
Experts believe that hand hygiene should remain a habit beyond the epidemic, and vaccination is the best form of protection against corona. While it’s time to end this obsession with cleanliness, according to the Canadian “Globe and Mail” website.
Experts point to the environmental impact of disposable wipes, the cost of sanitizing, and the burden on restaurant and retail staff to maintain strict cleaning procedures.
Dr. Gerald Evans, an epidemiologist at the Kingston Health Sciences Center in Canada, said: “Part of the problem we are facing is getting people to understand that just knowing that there is a virus in something on the surface, or in an aerosol, does not mean that it will transmit effectively, because Viruses undergo all kinds of changes that can affect infection and its ability to bind to a receptor.”
One of the problems with disposable wipes, Evans added, is that they contribute to “general problems of waste.”
Grocery stores were not one of the common sources of transmission of corona infection
For his part, Dr. Peter Johnny, also an expert in infectious diseases and the local official in Ontario, said that in public places, the risk of transmission through surfaces is “relatively low” and can be “easily addressed through traditional cleaning without deep cleaning and hand sanitizer.”
He points out that outdoors, such as in stadiums, UV rays also help disinfect surfaces.
He points out that a German study showed that grocery stores were not a common source of transmission of corona infection, “probably because people do not spend much time in these stores.”
For his part, William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Tennessee, said that “surface transmission is not the main pathway” through which the Corona virus spreads.
“It’s good news and a reason to consider new measures such as reopening libraries,” Schaffner added.
He continued, “We still have to scan the books when they are returned to the libraries, but from this point of view, we now know that we do not need to put them in stone for five days.”