Can the Coronavirus Be Killed with Disinfectants?

The coronavirus is proving to be tricky to treat .  There are certain cleaning combinations that appear to kill the virus on surfaces.  The best way for cleaning those surfaces is with a solution that’s 62% to 72% ethanol, .5% hydrogen peroxide, or 0.1% sodium hypochlorite within 1 minute of contamination, according to investigators with University Medicine Greifswald and Ruhr University Bochum in Germany whose study ran as an article in press in the Journal of Hospital Infection (JHI)


The viral load of coronaviruses on inanimate objects during an outbreak is unknown, but it’s plausible that disinfection methods should help, especially when applied to frequently touched surfaces where you might expect the virus to be most potent. 

For areas such as airports and cruise ships it may be best to call in professional cleaning companies.  They have access to the proper chemicals in large quantities.  Companies such as Bio-One could help disinfect large areas that are at the most risk for contamination. Washing hands can not be discounted.  Using hand sanitizer in a pinch is better than nothing.  


Patients who test positive for coronavirus should be quarantined until they no longer display signs of the virus.  At the first appearance of symptoms it important to seek medical attention immediately. For more information visit


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