We are receiving many calls and questions regarding Big Wipes effectiveness against COVID-19. In addition to the facts below, please also read our previous article on Big Wipes and coronavirus here.
Big Wipes would not wish to make any specific claims regarding its effectiveness against viruses but please note the following:
COVID-19 – What the experts say
COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus.
Perhaps one of the few encouraging aspects of the COVID-19 outbreak is that the virus is enveloped. The structure of these viruses includes a lipid envelope, which is easily broken down by most disinfectants. Once the lipid envelope is damaged, the integrity of the virus is compromised, thereby neutralizing its capacity to infect.
“Common household disinfectants, including detergents and soaps are very effective against COVID-19. They attack the coronavirus ‘exterior envelope’ which is made up of a protective fat layer”, says Juan Leon, an environmental health scientist at Emory University.
‘No matter what you touch, soap and water is the best way to remove any potential coronavirus from your hands before it can lead to infection. The coronavirus does not penetrate through skin because your outermost layer is slightly acidic. This prevents most pathogens from entering the body. Soap works so effectively because its chemistry pries open the coronavirus’ exterior envelope and cause it to degrade. These soap molecules then trap tiny fragments of the virus, which are washed away in water. Hand sanitisers work similarly by busting apart the proteins contained in a virus.’ National Geographic Science.
Can Big Wipes help in the fight against COVID-19?
Alcohol based sanitiser with greater than 60% by volume will kill COVID-19. However, if these are used on a surface with a lot of dirt, the excessive dirt may simply soak up the alcohol. As a result, the sanitiser may not be fully effective against all the viral agents present on hands or surfaces.
Most professional tradespeople have to deal with high levels of dirt and grime and need a combination of BOTH cleaning and sanitising.
Big Wipes are primarily an all-purpose cleaning product with added antibacterial disinfectant. Our products can assist in the removal of both the dirt and microorganisms contained within it.
The four active Big Wipes solvents and added surfactants deliver high solvency power, designed to dissolve fats and grease from hands, tools and surfaces.
All Big Wipes contain the same powerful cleaning solution that is also available as a liquid Power Spray which is ideally suited to clean and flush dirt, fats, grease & microorganisms from hands, tools and surfaces.
How long does COVID-19 virus survive on surfaces?
It is not certain how long the virus that causes COVID-19 survives on surfaces, but it seems to behave like other coronaviruses. Studies suggest that coronaviruses (including preliminary information on the COVID-19 virus) may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. This may vary under different conditions (e.g. type of surface, temperature or humidity of the environment).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides the following recommendations: Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs. Use a detergent, soap and water or cleaning wipes before disinfection.
Wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. Gloves should be discarded after each cleaning. If reusable gloves are used, those gloves should be dedicated for cleaning and disinfection of surfaces for COVID-19 and should not be used for other purposes. Clean hands immediately after gloves are removed.
Summary of protection measures
You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19 by taking some simple precautions:
- Regularly and thoroughly wash hands with soap and water. If you don’t have access to a sink, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or use Big Wipes cleaning wipes.
- Maintain social distancing and keep at least 2 metres (6 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
- Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
- Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
We are all in this together, please stay safe and stay up to date with official recommendations.