When disinfection matters
The novel coronavirus, also known as SARS-CoV-2, is spreading worldwide. The main human-to-human transmission pathway appears to be droplet infection. With simple hygiene measures, each individual can help to protect themselves and others from the life-threatening lung disease and stem its rapid spread. In addition to personal hygiene, we will show you our CBRN decontamination systems and chemical agents for purposes of biological decontamination of individuals, equipment, and facilities to reduce further spreading of the virus.
Where does the Coronavirus come from?
On 11 March 2020 COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The lung disease is caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. In contrast to an epidemic, the occurrence of an infectious disease in a pandemic is not localized and can spread across the entire globe, as can currently be observed. An infection with the corona virus manifests itself through flu-like symptoms such as coughing, fever, rhinitis and fatigue. Breathing problems, neck scratches, headaches and aching limbs, nausea, diarrhoea and chills are also possible. The course of the disease is individually different and varies greatly. Symptomless progressions are possible, as well as severe pneumonia with lung failure and death.
Researchers assume that the corona pathogen SARS-CoV-2 was transmitted from a wild animal to a human being at a food market in the Chinese city of Wuhan (Hubei province). However, which animal originally carried the virus has not yet been clarified beyond doubt. At present, it is assumed that the pathogen was first transmitted from bats to other animals before it spread to humans - presumably by eating an animal that served as an intermediate host for the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen and was offered for sale at the market.
How is the Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 transmitted?
According to current knowledge, the corona pathogen SARS-CoV-2 is primarily transmitted via the so-called droplet infection. This involves people coughing or sneezing and distributing the pathogens in the air. Other people inhale these pathogens and, in the worst case, become infected with them as well.
Indirect transmission of the virus is also possible. People who have previously coughed or sneezed into their hands touch objects such as door handles, mobile phones, touch screens or chair backs. The viruses remain on the surface and reach healthy people from there.
Contact infection (smear infection):
Smear infection is also a way for viral diseases to spread. For example, even the smallest, contaminated residual traces of human stool can reach a healthy person via dirty hands. Infection is also possible if the pathogen enters the body directly via the mucous membranes of the eyes, throat and nose or the upper airways, for example through a kiss. It has not yet been finally clarified whether SARS-CoV-2 spreads via a smear infection. One of the most effective measures to prevent smear infection is to wash your hands thoroughly with standard soap.
Which decontamination agent is effective against the coronavirus?
For biological decontamination, the universal BDS 2000 is applied as highly effective biological decontamination foam. BDS 2000 is effective against enveloped viruses like HIV, Rota, Vaccinia, BVDV, Hepatitis B, Influenza viruses in less than 1 minute. The Influenza A virus was destroyed using relatively low PAA concentrations and within shortest contact times, not only in suspensions, but also on absorbent, porous, protein-contaminated surfaces such as furniture, vehicles, beds etc.
The decontamination agent BDS 2000 (mixture of Wofasteril SC, Alcapur and water according to the respective application specification) can be used for the decontamination of surfaces using
- suitable portable decontamination sprayers (e.g. DS 10 with foam nozzle) or
- high-pressure decontamination modules with automatic addition of decontamination agent (e.g. HD 5/11 Cage DJ)or
- spray extraction modules SXM 30 C
via spray and foam lances, spray generators, etc. For this reason, BDS 2000 can be used in the form of aqueous decontamination foam. The component "Wofasteril" can be used with the help of an aerosol generator (e.g., thermal aerosol generator SN 50 Decon) as highly effective aerosol for the B-decontamination of interior spaces.
In the video on the left you can see the application of BDS 2000 with the DS 10.
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Other decontamination agents
Additionally to the BDS 2000 we have two decontamination agents which are also effective againts the Coronavirus. The RM 21 is a mild cleaning agent which can be used for skin cleansing of healthy, intact skin in case of contamination with viruses. The desinfection liquid RM 735 is also an effective agent against the Coronavirus. Based on the BVDV* and Vaccinia virus expertise’s (according to RKI** / DVV***) the formulation RM 735 can be claimed as limited virucide (effective against enveloped viruses) according to RKI Germany.
*BVDV: Bovine viral diarrhea virus
**RKI: Robert Koch Institute
***DVV: German Association against Virus Diseases e.V