Despite all our efforts to contain it, the coronavirus pandemic is still going strong in the US. Since we don’t know when a vaccine will become available, it’s up to each and every one of us to do our best to avoid exposing ourselves and our loved ones to this dangerous virus.
In addition to social distancing and good personal hygiene, our strongest weapon against COVID-19 is regular and extensive house cleaning and disinfection. Whether you do it yourself or you hire a home disinfecting service in Atlanta, GA is irrelevant: what’s important is that your house remains virus-free.
How long does the coronavirus last on surfaces?
There’s still no definitive data on how long COVID-19 can stay alive (and contagious) on surfaces. That being said, it’s highly unlikely to behave differently than other coronavirus strains. Yes, you read that right: there are 7 different strains of coronavirus. Luckily for us, they’re not all as dangerous as COVID-19.
The survival time of the virus depends on various factors, including:
- Type of surface the virus is on.
- Relative humidity.
- Virus strain.
According to a review of the survival rates of human coronaviruses on different surfaces, it appears that the virus can stay active on a surface for anywhere between 2 hours to 9 days. With that kind of uncertainty, it becomes clear why giving your home an in-depth cleaning is absolutely crucial.
Can you contract the coronavirus disease by touching a surface?
Unfortunately, yes. Like many other types of germs, viruses tend to “stick” to the skin on your hands when you touch a surface they’re on. If you then touch your mouth, nose, or eyes, there’s a considerable chance that the virus will enter your body.
To make matters worse, you can also spread the virus to someone else by shaking their hand, or giving them an item that you have previously touched. That’s why washing your hands frequently and using hand sanitizer is absolutely vital.
This is also one of the major reasons why public places such as the Truist Park are to be avoided for the duration of the pandemic. It’s very easy for you to touch a seat an infected person has previously touched or sneezed on, and then spread the infection to your friends and family.
How do you disinfect surfaces from the coronavirus disease?
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has created a list of certified household disinfectants that have been proven to be effective against human coronavirus strains. We strongly advise you to purchase one of these disinfectants.
Do the following when disinfecting surfaces against COVID-19:
- Wear disposable gloves and a face mask.
- Don’t touch your face until after the cleaning is done.
- Thoroughly wash your hands after the cleaning.
- Make sure the area you’re cleaning is ventilated.
- Start by cleaning a surface with an all-purpose household cleaner, or water and soap.
- After a surface has been cleaned, apply the disinfectant as per manufacturer instructions.
- Once the disinfectant has done its job, wash it off.
- Let the surface dry completely before using it again.
Where can I book a first-rate home disinfecting service in Atlanta, GA?
With everything that’s happening in America these days, finding the motivation to clean your house can be even harder than usual. The good news is, you’re not alone. Here at The Moxie Maids, we team up with the top cleaning pros in Atlanta who have the training and the equipment needed to provide world-class home cleaning and disinfection services.
Schedule your cleaning today, or give us a call if you have further questions.