It won’t be wrong to say that coronavirus has taken over our lives as everything has come to a standstill. We are slowly getting back to normalcy but the threat is still lingering upon us with the identification of new variants and no vaccine to cure COVID-19 infection yet. Despite getting vaccine shots, we are not safe and this is concerning. In the initial phase of the outbreak, this was seen as just an autoimmune disease but as it progresses, covid-19 was declared a pandemic. The virus is airborne and transmits faster indoors as compared to outdoors. With offices opening slowly, sanitisation of indoor premises is much needed. And the speculated third wave of COVID-19 makes it a necessity. Onlymyhealth reached out to various experts to know their opinion on prioritizing indoor sanitization.
Indoor Sanitization Can Reduce Virus Transmission Rate- Dr. Rajesh Gera
“To prepare ourselves for the 3rd wave of coronavirus, it is important that we pay equal attention to vaccination efforts as well as adhere to behavioural vaccination. Apart from the proper use of masks and social distancing measures, indoor sanitization will play a vital role in keeping the transmission rates low, says Dr Rajesh Gera, Senior Consultant, Internal medicine, Paras Hospitals, Panchkula.
- Ordinary breathing, speech, coughing and sneezing generate large amounts of potentially infectious aerosols.
- These virus-laden airborne droplets can settle on surfaces acting as potential sources of spreading infections.
- Thus, proper disinfectants must be used inside the house to get rid of viruses that can settle on different surfaces inside the house.
- Chemical disinfectants applied to floors, doorknobs, table surfaces and surfaces in domestic and office use can be used to deactivate the corona spread.
- Surfaces that are not accessible for mopping can be cleaned using jets and sprays.
- Ultraviolet irradiation is another option to disinfect and decontaminate surfaces and inanimate objects, like clothes, utensils, medical instruments, etc.
Decontamination of Contaminated Surfaces Is Important- Dr. Aashish Chaudhry
Over the course of the pandemic, we have learned many important lessons and one of them is to maintain proper hygiene inside our homes, offices, schools, colleges, etc. Other than common measures to stop the spread of the infection like hand washing and social distancing, indoor cleaning has to be frequent especially in common spaces, says Dr. Aashish Chaudhry, Managing Director and Head - Dept of Orthopedics, Aakash Healthcare, Dwarka.
- Airborne transmission of the virus can occur through the droplet spray formed during natural human exhalation flows like breathing, talking, coughing or sneezing.
- These droplets can further settle on surfaces increasing the chances of the infection spreading.
- The contaminated surfaces can be decontaminated within a minute using common surface disinfection procedures.
- The methods that can be adopted for sanitizing surfaces include sprays, mops and) UV Led based treatment.
Sanitization Can Kill Coronavirus Aerosols
"WHO has confirmed that COVID-19 virus is airborne, and the risk of transmission in closed air-conditioned indoor spaces is a lot higher as the virus-contaminated aerosols can be carried much further than 6-ft. There have been recent studies on PM2.5 particles being potential carriers of coronavirus, which makes the expected third wave a lot deadlier for India, as some of our cities are the most polluted cities in the world. New Delhi becomes 'the most polluted city in the world just around October. Hence, air sanitization is critical for India for all kinds of indoor spaces. Advanced air sanitization solutions today can not just trap viruses, bacteria and other harmful particles in the air, but also eliminate them ensuring no further proliferation. These systems ensure your family not just breathes clean air, but safe and healthy air. Air sanitization solutions by Magneto are so powerful, they can keep PM2.5 levels indoors to under 50 even if it is 500+ outdoors. There are sensors and display monitors available today that can show you the quality of the air your family is breathing." said Mr. Himanshu Agarwal, CEO, Magneto CleanTech.
Keeping in mind that coronavirus is airborne and it is mutating, there is a dire need for indoor sanitisation to keep everyone safe. Getting covid vaccine shots is also a must to build a line of defense. Of course, you can get infected despite taking the jab but at least the consequences won’t be fatal as we have witnessed in the first and second wave of covid-19. Past experiences have taught us a lot and kind of prepared us for the situation that may arise. Keeping indoors sanitised is one step towards covid-free living.
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