As the new coronavirus continues to spread globally, many have focused their efforts on eliminating germs lurking in their living spaces and on their belongings. In a press release, experts from Rutgers University provided insight on the best ways to do this. “Not many scientific studies have asked which are the most effective disinfecting agents to use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, because it was discovered so recently,” said Siobain Duffy, Ph.D., an associate professor of ecology and an expert in emerging viruses and microbial evolution. “So scientists are assuming that what works against other coronaviruses can work against this one.”
One major mistake you might be making? “You shouldn’t immediately wipe a cleaning solution off as soon as you’ve applied it to a surface. Let it sit there long enough to kill viruses first,” said Donald Schaffner, Ph.D., a distinguished professor and extension specialist in food science and an expert in microbial risk assessment and hand washing.