APT Antibacterial Hand Wipes In The Fight Against Coronavirus
Worldwide, the spread of the coronavirus continues to grow. It has become exceedingly necessary that we all decrease our risk of exposure to it. Initially, many of us in the UK remained indoors and only left our homes for essentials. As the economy starts getting into full-swing again, we are all more exposed to surfaces where the virus might be lurking.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends frequent hand washing with soap and water as the best means of defence against the virus. According to them, washing the hands properly or the use of an alcohol-based hand rub in the absence of soap and water will clean hands and protect against infection. However, this is not always possible for people on the go.
Additionally, infection control specialists also recommend that all surfaces touched frequently by many people around the home and office must be wiped down regularly with antibacterial wipes. We should also use antibacterial wipes after touching these frequently used surfaces as a precautionary measure, and avoid touching our faces.
Bacteria And Viruses Survive For Long On Most Surfaces
Even though the COVID-19 virus mainly spreads from person to person in respiratory droplets, it can also settle on surfaces like countertops, telephones, mobile phones, and keyboards. These are just some of the surfaces that can harbour bacteria and viruses, sometimes for hours or days. When we touch any surface that has the virus and then touch our eyes, mouth, or nose, even a healthy person can contract the virus and become seriously ill.
Researchers are still learning a lot about the virus, but the latest research shows that it survives for 5 days on metal objects like doorknobs and glass items. It can survive for 4 days on wooden items, and up to 3 days on plastic containers and stainless-steel items, chairs, refrigerators, and elevator buttons.
On items made from cardboard, it can survive for up to 24 hours and on copper and aluminium, it can last anything between 2 and 8 hours.
How To Reduce The Chances Of Disinfection?
Common surfaces in homes and offices should be disinfected daily. When we touch common surfaces, we should not always assume they have been disinfected. It is safer to then either wash our hands or if that is not possible, to disinfect with hand sanitizer or use anti-bacterial hand wipes.
The most obvious surfaces that we touch daily include:
- Bathroom fittings
- Elevator buttons
- Remote controls
These areas can be cleaned with any number of disinfecting and antibacterial cleaners, but some are water-sensitive or might need to be wiped down more than once a day.
Infection control specialists agree that antibacterial hand wipes are ideal for using in-between daily cleans to wipe surfaces down. A clean hand wipe should then be used to wipe our hands, to ensure that all bacteria and viruses are killed.
They suggest surfaces don’t have to be wiped down for a long time, but need to be allowed to air dry completely before they are re-used. This allows the sanitizing product enough time to effectively kill the virus.
Even though anti-bacterial hand wipes will effectively kill all germs on contact, they cannot completely substitute social distancing. Nor should they be a substitute to frequent hand washing for at least 20 seconds with water and soap.
APT Antibacterial Hand Wipes
APT is the leading UK specialist that has been offering reliable cleaning solutions to the UK and Europe for over 30 years. They are suppliers to the NHS and other frontline services.
Their premium grade, APT Antibacterial Hand Wipes are super strong and measure 16×18 cm for maximum hand and surface coverage. They are available in individual packs and bulk packs for offices, schools, and other institutions.
The antibacterial solution that the APT Antibacterial Hand Wipes are steeped in can kill 99.9% of all known harmful bacteria and viruses. APT also has a wide range of other infection control products. All their disinfecting chemicals are locally manufactured and tested to BS EN1276, BS EN14476, EN1650 & BS EN1500 that meet the UK and European standards.
APT Antibacterial Hand Wipes are ideal for use in-between handwashing, and after any suspicious surfaces have been touched. They can also be used to wipe any surfaces down before touching them. The packaging of 120 wipes will last long, and they don’t dry out between uses because the packaging is designed to seal securely after every use.
APT Antibacterial Hand Wipes are safe to use on the skin because they are paraben-free and pH balanced. They offer maximum protection, condition the skin, and leave a long-lasting linen-fresh fragrance after their use.