Dont panic buy cleaning products

Because the only beneficiary of this panic buying is reckett banckiser unilever colgate Palmolive and other chemical makers who have cashed in on our fears.

We don’t have a single documented case of covid-19 transmission from surfaces. Not one.

So why, then, are we spending a small fortune to deep clean our offices, schools, subways and buses?
Business leaders, school districts and government officials often ask us whether people are over-cleaning in response to the pandemic. The short answer is yes. The reality is that the novel coronavirus spreads mainly through the air. Especially with regular hand-washing, there’s no need to constantly disinfect surfaces.

The best analogy we’ve used for how this virus is spread is to think about a smoker. If you’re near a smoker outside, you may not notice the smell, especially if you’re not standing too close. But if you’re indoors, you could definitely detect it, even if you’re across the room, depending on how far away you are and how well-ventilated or filtered the air is.

How much could you protect yourself from that smoke by scrubbing down countertops, doorknobs and all the other surfaces in the room? Not much. Shared air is the problem, not shared surfaces.
Transmission of a disease through “fomites” — the name given to any inanimate surface that can be contaminated with a virus — is certainly possible. Many viruses, such as rhinovirus and norovirus, are transmitted through contaminated surfaces. But that’s just not really the case for covid-19.

We don’t know exactly how much fomite transmission occurs for covid-19, but evidence suggests it’s not common. To see why, let’s walk through the steps.

First, the virus must be transmitted to a surface, either by a sick person touching it or a respiratory droplet landing on it. Once on the surface, the virus starts to decay, and the only studies that show that the virus can survive on a surface for a long time used unrealistically large amounts of it — as in, someone spits a blob of saliva on the surface. The coronavirus’s genetic material has been found on all kinds of surfaces in hospitals and in the air, but, interestingly, it has only been successfully cultured from the air. No data studies that we are aware of have cultured the virus from surfaces.
Even if you were the unfortunate person who immediately grabbed a door handle right after an infectious person sneezed on it, there would be a significant reduction in how much is transferred from the surface onto your hand. Then, time is your friend again, inactivating the virus, even while on your hand.

But what if you touched that contaminated doorknob and then immediately touched your mouth? Not all of the virus on the hand would get transferred to the mouth, and that’s not even the end of the story. The virus that did make it into your mouth would need to find an appropriate receptor there or make it to your respiratory tract.
When we look at this entire causal chain, it’s easy to see that if fomite transmission is happening, it’s minor and certainly not driving the pandemic. Meanwhile, we have plenty of examples of airborne transmission. Consider the choir practice that infected nearly 90 percent of socially distanced members. It’s hard to explain that from shared surfaces.
Most important, we can prevent fomite transmission through regular hand-washing or use of hand sanitizer. Cleaning every surface after every touch is an impossible task; the easier and more effective approach is to break the chain at the person.

The intense focus on fomite transmission is a critical issue because organizations are spending massive amounts of time — and money — addressing a ghost problem. On top of that, the use of all of these extra cleaning products releases chemicals into the air that can be harmful to our health. This money and time is better spent elsewhere.
We should continue to wash our hands and pay attention to hygiene, but we only have so much time, energy and money to spend on reducing the risk of transmission. If the vast majority of transmission occurs through the air rather than fomites, and airborne transmission is what is driving superspreading events, then we should shift our effort toward cleaning shared air, not shared surfaces.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/12/11/covid-19-airborne-transmission-cleaning-surfaces/ more  

View all 11 comments Below 11 comments
Mostly rumours are responsible for such panic buying. Government should make the public aware of such rumour mongers and advise them restraint. more  
Please wear a mask at all times when you are out, and wash your hands when you are in. Hand sanitizers are there in every shop, bank, etc. Make use of them as they are free. Take your important vitamins for prevention of covid 19 and say a little prayer to Almighty God to protect you from the virus. more  
Please cite the scientific study this is based on. more  
Yes, vested business interests are driving misinformation campaign. more  
Right, we just try follow crowd without gathering proper information or knowledge more  
Post a Comment

Related Posts

    • Dirty Construction Sites and Mosquit Breeding

      Many construction sites of builders are breeding grounds for mosquitoes and are a menace and serious risk for people around. Well there is some good news now. Dengue chickungunya and mal...

      By Nikita Fernandez
      /
    • Swachh Bharat a mere showoff for Govt depts

      Railways telling its officers discard old stuff take lot of pictures and post them on social media. I think the swachh bharat should be away from this non sense now and focus should be ...

      By Seema Shah
      /
    • Vector borne and viral disease spreading

      Looks like Govts failed to listen to us raising the red flag about mosquito issues and now many many state residents are suffering. Below is state update of many states and things are in bad state....

      By RN Chopra
      /
    • Covid waste everywhere

      We need to talk of unnecessary use of full body PPE for COVID. We now know that spread is primarily through air & contact spread is negligible. Can we now switch to reusable cloth gowns & f...

      By Anshu Verma
      /
    • Action Request - Escalate and get Mosquito Menace addressed

      Thanks to all participants who responded to the Mosquito Menace survey. Below is the survey reportThe Mosquito Menace Su...

      By LocalCircles Manager
      /
    • Scrapping a car 10 yr old

      I have a diesel car. The registration as per RC is upto 2026. However it was manufactured in 2011 and is now 10 yrs old. Do I still need to scrap the car or can I continue to use it till 2026.

      By Meenakshi Roy
      /
    • SWACHH BHARAT HAS TAKEN A BACK SEAT THESE DAYS:HAS INDI ACHIEVED IN CLEANING ,

      OR THE ENTIRE ATTENTION SHIFTED : 15/16 months is oo long a period for any issue to go to the back burner. *Beware single use Plastics are back. *Pepople do not take bags with ...

      By Jayakumar Daniel
      /
    • Puri has done it, you should build pressure on your CM

      I am delighted to share with you that my hometown Puri now has clean drinking tap water. It is the first city in India to do so. The state government is also working on rolling out safe ...

      By RN Dash
      /
    • Lesson from USA

      This attached is a must watch for all in the circle and share too. This is from Texas USA after the recent snow shutdown and power outages. It was climate change 101. If we Indians dont...

      By Vinita Agrawal
      /
    • Vehicle Scrappage Policy: Inputs Sought

      The Government via Budget 2021 has finally announced the Vehicle Scrappage Policy and the details will be out via Ministry of Road Transport in the coming weeks. As you know LocalCircles has worked...

      By LocalCircles Manager
      /
Share
Enter your email and mobile number and we will send you the instructions

Note - The email can sometime gets delivered to the spam folder, so the instruction will be send to your mobile as well

All My Circles
Invite to
(Maximum 500 email ids allowed.)