Surface disinfection is one of the interventions that is frequently recommended to reduce the risk of virus transmission. There are specific environmental disinfection protocols for public places, particularly environmental surface cleaning of routinely touched surfaces and objects (e.g., door knobs, desks, keyboards, tables, etc.) to reduce the risk of virus transmission. Contact transmission (i.e., hand transfer of virus from contaminated objects to the eyes, nose, or mouth) is a recognized route of virus spread.
However, reports of acute health effects due to misuse and overexposure to disinfectants have been on the rise since early 2020. We are being exposed to these chemicals in volumes and frequencies that were previously unheard of.
Disinfecting chemicals were never intended to be used like this. Disinfectants are classified by the EPA with insecticides. They are produced to kill microbes; they are not cleaning agents. Experts worry about the consequences.
A CDC study of the number of reports to poison centers regarding disinfectants and cleaners reveals a significant increase (108.79%) in total exposure from 2019 to 2020. Exposure by inhalation has increased the most, leading to respiratory problems.
Disinfection with NUVTON® UV-C benefits public health, since it is non toxic, extremely effective and safe alternative to wet chemical disinfection. UVC light can be used to disinfect an entire facility without any harmful chemicals or toxins. No liquids are sprayed, and no residue or odor are left behind.
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