COVID-19 and Surfaces: A CDC Update

April 16, 2021

COVID-19 and Surfaces: A CDC Update

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated its guidance for cleaning and disinfecting facilities and homes to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  As described in a recent article, the CDC has recognized that the risk of transmission via surfaces is considerably lower than direct transmission from inhalation of respiratory droplets.  While Contec has continued to provide textile-based tools to clean surfaces as well as apply appropriate disinfectants, we appreciate the need to adapt and evolve with the science. 

The CDC has recognized that the SARS-CoV-2 virus does not survive well on surfaces outside infected humans and can easily be inactivated on these surfaces with soap or detergents.  CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky had indicated “Disinfection is only recommended in indoor settings, schools and homes where there has been a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, within the last 24 hours.”  Contec provides several disinfectant products, including ones vetted on EPA’s List N for use against viruses like SARS-CoV-2.  Even after this pandemic, disinfectants will remain a standard practice and requirement in healthcare facilities.  But the use of these powerful chemicals also can pose a risk, especially if not used according to label instructions.  To that point, note the CDC indicates in their published guidance that, “In most cases, fogging, fumigation, and wide-area or electrostatic spraying is not recommended as a primary method of surface disinfection and has several safety risks to consider.”  You can learn more about how to minimize the risk of exposure to disinfectants using a “Hierarchy of Controls” in a recent Contec webinar.   

Contec has always promoted the benefits of mechanical removal of dust, dirt and germs when it comes to effective cleaning.  Our textiles and associated tools like mop frames and handles are designed to work well with chemical agents and target surfaces, but also the most important part of the equation:  the people doing the hard work.  Studies show that when cleaning is made easier, folks tend to be more thorough in their technique and comply with recommended cleaning procedures.  So, regardless of how you decide to tackle your contamination issues and reduce the risk to your clients, remember Contec has the products you need.