Show-Notes from our second podcast: Coronavirus:
Vodka Is Just For Drinking, and other things that do not help with coronavirus, from our new series “Coronavirus: Science and Prevention”
Social Isolation – It can only go so far. As we return back to outside socialization, we should avoid crowds and maintain 6 feet of separation with others outside of our family.
Outdoor activities and outdoor seating are preferable to indoors. Sunlight is also good if you have access to it because it is an natural disinfectant!
What can you do?
In addition to 20 second hand washing, don’t forget to disinfect your third hand – the phone! You can use alcohol or disinfectant wipes to sanitize your phone.
Avoid touching your face. Use habit reversal training – put tape on your finger tips, tape on your face, or wear gloves.
Your Home Is Your Disinfected Sanctuary
When entering the house, all residents must wash their hands diligently.
Don’t let in any symptomatic visitors.
Lastly, when you receive shipped packages, discard the outer cardboard and disinfect the product inside.
Anytime you go outside, bring with you the Viral Survival Kit:
- baggies of tissues
- disinfectant wipes
- hand sanitizer
A mask alone does a poor job of protecting against aerosolized particles and is not recommended. A poorly fitted mask results in the need to adjust it on the face, which is not recommended. When utilizing a mask, use a tightly fitted N95 mask. However, don’t forget to provide protection to your eyes as well.
Health Care Workers use CAPR – Controlled Air Purifying Respirator.
Appealing To Teenagers and Young Adults
“Save Grandma!” Teenagers and young adults should avoid outside exposure to other people to protect the older population.
However, complete isolation is not feasible with teenagers. What they can do is use the harm reduction approach. Urge them to minimize outside contact, only going when necessary and when they do, make sure they use a Viral Survival Kit.
Until COVID-19 testing is available, anyone sick will be isolated and socially stigmatized. Ironically, less than 4% tested are actually positive for COVID-19.
Beware of the fomites!
The coronavirus can survive at room temperature for up to 9 days, with an average lifespan of 4-5 days. They survive less so in a hot environment.
To sanitize and kill the virus in your washer-dryer, run a cycle for 30 minutes at 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cleaning with disinfectants:
The best disinfectant to use is bleach (sodium hypochlorite) and 60-70% alcohol. Others disinfectants include:
- hydrogen peroxide
- povidone iodine (Betadine)
- quaternary ammonium (benzalkonium chloride)
Regular drinking alcohol is only 80 proof (40%), which is not enough to kill the coronavirus.
Chlorhexidine (Hibiclens), a topical antiseptic, is also not effective for Coronavirus!
Sanitizing vs Disinfecting Ability of Products
Defined by EPA below:
|Microbial Load Reduction||3 log||6 log|
|Contact Surfaces||99.9% (5 min)||99.9999% (10 min)|
- The EPA defines disinfectants effective against SARS-CoV-2.
- Lysol website defines sanitizers and disinfectants.
Take Home Message
Time is a critical factor in effective disinfection. The disinfectant must remain on the surface for a defined period of time: 1 – 10 minutes.
At the SCARS Center and Appearance Center clinic, we are performing entry procedures for every visitor:
- symptom questionnaire
- temperature check
- hand sanitization
Our reception area is disinfected every 15 minutes and patients are spaced at least 6 feet apart.
When aggressive measures are used, this can be an avoidable contagion.
The Bright Side of Things
Improved personal hygiene.
Improved public space disinfection – planes, movie theaters, etc.