How do I know an anti-viral disinfectant machine will work against COVID-19? 21-Apr-2020 Edwards
What is the right air disinfectant machine for COVID-19?
The Science Behind Fogging
The Active Ingredient
It is all about the liquid, the machine is just the tool. Antari's liquid has been developed by their sister biotech company, with additional input specifically on COVID-19 provided by a US medical professor from New York. Antari's liquid is available across the world in an effort to defeat COVID-19. The active ingredient Thymol is included on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s list of registered disinfectant products.
The EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said, “Using the correct disinfectant is an important part of preventing and reducing the spread of illnesses along with other critical aspects such as hand washing. The EPA is providing this important information in a public and transparent manner on disinfectant products to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.”
The products listed on the EPA’s list have not been tested specifically against SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19, but they are expected to be effective against SARS-CoV-2 because they have been tested and proven effective on either a harder-to-kill virus or against another human coronavirus similar to SARS-CoV-2.
Coronaviruses are enveloped viruses, which mean they are one of the easiest types of viruses to kill with the appropriate disinfectant product. The EPA news release reminds consumers to follow the directions on each product’s master label when using the disinfectants, and to pay close attention to the contact time for the product on treated surface (i.e., how long the disinfectant should remain on the surface).
View the list of EPA-registered disinfectant products at https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2.
Note: some information currently being cited dates from thirty or forty years ago. In the 1970’s and 80’s, chemicals used for widescale cleaning were formaldehyde, phenol-based agents, or quaternary ammonium compounds. Newer technologies utilise safe ingredients that have been approved for use as detailed on the above EPA list.
Widescale Consistent Coverage
Wiping an area with a cloth sprayed with disinfectant will clean it, so long as the risk of cross-contamination is mitigated. This is entirely appropriate for day-to-day santisation of a small space. However, this is not an appropriate solution for larger spaces or spaces with difficult to reach crevices and corners, and does not create a preventative coating.
Using a fogging machine will treat an entire area or surface completely and efficiently, forming an antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal barrier that will last up to four weeks. A typical office can be treated once a week during times of concern or during outbreaks, and every 3-4 weeks at other times as a precautionary measure.
Foggers are obviously not recommended for use in rooms when people are present!
So, yes – wash hands frequently, stay away from other people, disinfect surfaces and wipe high-touch areas frequently with alcohol or bleach, but use a fogger for those hard to get to places you know you don’t get wiped properly. Reassure staff and visitors that every effort is being made to keep work spaces hygienic.
We’re proud to offer a product that promotes peace of mind once people return to work during the COVID-19 outbreak.