Kill Virus with Steam

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“Coronavirus does not do well in extreme environmental conditions,” – University Hospitals’ Dr. Keith Armitage

Quoting a recent NEJM report… “We found that viable virus could be detected in aerosols up to 3 hours post aerosolization, up to 4 hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to 2-3 days on plastic and stainless steel.  HCoV-19 and SARS-CoV-1 exhibited similar half-lives in aerosols, with median estimates around 2.7 hours.   Both viruses show relatively long viability on stainless steel and polypropylene compared to copper or cardboard: the median half-life estimate for HCoV-19 is around 13 hours on steel and around 16 hours on polypropylene.  Our results indicate that aerosol and fomite transmission of HCoV-19 is plausible, as the virus can remain viable in aerosols for multiple hours and on surfaces up to days.”

This reinforces how we need to rethink “Clean” in our homes.  According to microbiologist Jason Tetro… “There’s one thing that unites all living things: they’re killed by heat. Heat at temperatures over 171 degrees F is the best killer of bacteria and viruses, and the temperature of steam is much higher than that.”

Check out this video for a very cool solution.

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