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What Kills Viruses on Surfaces

March 13, 2020 Leave a Comment

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Viruses need the cells of a living host to reproduce, so the life span of a virus outside of a human body (or some other living organism) is typically shorter than bacteria, which can reproduce on their own and without a host. This doesn't mean you can't catch a virus from touching surfaces or by shaking hands with someone. You certainly can, particularly if it is within a short time span after the virus has come into contact with that surface. Knowing what kills viruses on surfaces isn't enough to prevent the spread of virus. It's important that germs and bacteria are targeted as well.

Knowing What Kills Viruses on Surfaces Isn't Enough to Prevent them from Spreading

Common Viruses

There are literally millions of viruses that exist. Most have never been dealt with by humans and never will be. Most of them have not been studied or categorized by the CDC and will never need to be. The latest threat, of course, is the new Coronavirus. The U.S. EPA on their website noted, "Coronaviruses are enveloped viruses, meaning they are one of the easiest types of viruses to kill with the appropriate disinfectant product". What this means is the Coronavirus has a coating on its outside call a lipid. The lipid envelope of these viruses is relatively sensitive and thus can be destroyed, making it highly susceptible to chlorine-based solutions like hypochlorous disinfectants. Because the virus is so new, there isn't enough data about what causes it and how to eliminate it, although the CDC, World Health Organization, and other health agencies issue standard advice for protecting yourself from getting the virus as they do any of the other viruses we deal with.

The Flu Virus Is One of the Most Widespread Viruses
The flu virus is one of the most widespread viruses. According to the CDC, there are four main types of influenza, A, B, C and D. Influenza A and B viruses are the ones we are most familiar with because they are the types that cause those epidemics and seasonal episodes we refer to as flu season). This occurs nearly every winter in the United States. Influenza A viruses are the only influenza viruses we know that cause flu pandemics.

What Kills Viruses on Surfaces?

Preventing the spread of the cold and flu virus or any other virus is more than a matter of cleaning a surface. It's important to clean, disinfect, and sanitize surfaces on a regular basis to prevent viruses as well. Regarding viruses, we stated that some viruses can live outside the body and on surfaces at least for a short period of time. The flu is one of them. You can catch the flu or cold when you touch something an infected person has touched or has coughed or sneezed on. The most common way, however, is by coming into actual contact with the person. One of the most recommended ways to avoid spreading the cold or flu virus is with frequent hand washing with sanitizers. The CDC also recommends getting the flu vaccination each year and staying away from school, work, etc. when you are sick.

Clean, Disinfect, and Sanitize Surfaces on a Regular Basis to Prevent Viruses
Cleanliness of the environment is always the first line of defense against any virus. There are numerous store-bought products that are chemical based and claim to kill any number of germs, bacteria, and virus, including the cold and flu viruses.

Since most viruses don't last outside of a living host for long, the best approach for health is to clean, sanitize, and disinfect to eliminate the germs. Bacteria and other germs like spores etc. can survive on surfaces much longer than a virus. This can be accomplished through a cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting routine that keeps germs from gathering and reproducing and reducing the threat of further contamination

GenEon Is a Safe, Strong Line of Defense Against the Spread of Viruses and Other Germs

At GenEon, we have been developing and manufacturing cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting solutions that help keep the spread of bacteria, viruses, and other germs down or eliminate them altogether. Our cleaners, sanitizers, and disinfectants are made through a process known as electrochemical activation (ECA). This process uses water, natural minerals, and electricity to produce safe cleaners and toxic-free sanitizers and disinfectants that have 80 to 200 times sanitizing power of chlorine bleach. The good news is, GenEon products are sustainable and not harmful to people, pets, or to the planet. They are made using on-site generation technology, meaning that consumers create our cleaners, sanitizers, and disinfectants are made as needed, right on premise. This results in less waste and eliminates the need to store potentially harmful chemical-based cleaners in a facility.

GenEon's OSG Products Kill Germs without Harming People or the Planet
We don't just stop with more effective cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting products. On-site generation technology like our InstaFlow system allows you to make large amounts of safe cleaner and non-toxic sanitizing solution that's ideal for commercial settings. We also offer advanced dispensing systems like the Mist for even distribution of our products over surfaces in large open spaces or in those places that are normally hard or even impossible to reach, ensuring germs and bacteria have nowhere to hide. There is no better way to reduce or eliminate germs, bacteria, or viruses than by using GenEon's powerful cleaners, sanitizers, and disinfectants, and no greater peace of mind in knowing that you are using products that are safe for people and the environment. To learn how you can get GenEon's system into your facility, call us at 866.217.0205. We look forward to speaking with you.


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