Many school systems are not currently open. This is in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. The techniques used for disinfecting schools for the coronavirus can be the same ones used for disinfecting for the flu. While these are very different viruses, the principles are basically the same. Using EPA-registered disinfectants for “hard-to-kill” viruses also goes a long way in slowing down illnesses.
Cleaning and disinfecting are not the same thing. You can use soap and water to clean surfaces. All this does is physically remove germs. Disinfecting kills germs and pathogens. Schools may need to be both cleaned and disinfected before children return to class. It is a process that involves several methodical steps:
This coronavirus is new, so most disinfectants have not been fully tested against it. Other viruses that have been hard to kill have known disinfectants that can be used against them. As such, the data suggests that using these disinfectants may be effective against the coronavirus.
The coronavirus is considered to be a pandemic. It spreads in the community, and there are more cases of it every day. It may be a while before we fully understand this new disease and its effects. We act on our current knowledge and the current data. Cleaning and disinfecting may not 100% stop the virus in its tracks. Yet it may help to slow its spread.
Disinfecting schools for the coronavirus will be very important, especially when students return to class. The novel coronavirus is contagious. Efforts to clean and disinfect may make a huge difference in the long run of this pandemic. Making disinfecting a regular part of life may help to reduce the spread of the virus so that fewer people get sick.