“It isn’t possible to disinfect every surface you touch throughout your day” says Stephen Thomas, M.D., chief of infectious diseases and director of global health at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. “hand-washing is still your best defense against COVID-19.”
How COVID-19 spreads
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Learn more about Coronavirus symptoms and how it works.
Will rubbing alcohol kill coronavirus?
To ensure droplets are not on hard surfaces, regularly keep surfaces clean. Use a rubbing alcohol solution has at least 70 percent alcohol so that it is effective against coronavirus.
- First, clean the surface with water and detergent
- Apply the alcohol solution (do not dilute it) and let it sit on the surface for at least 30 seconds to disinfect.
Alcohol is generally safe for all surfaces but can discolour some plastics
Clean high-traffic areas that get touched frequently, such as kitchen counters and bathroom faucets, three times a day with a product that kills viruses.
Effective hand-washing with rubbing alcohol
Don’t use homemade hand sanitisers!
“Companies spend a bunch of time and money to pay chemists specifically to formulate hand sanitisers that work and that are safe. If you make it yourself, how can you know if it’s stable or if it works?”
“People don’t know the right ratios to use, and the internet won’t give you the right answer… Not only can you hurt yourself, but it could give you a false sense of security.”Richard Sachleben – an organic chemist and member of the American Chemical Society
Always make sure you buy quality rubbing alcohol with at 70 percent Isopropyl Alcohol.
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