Doherty Institute researchers have tested the effectiveness of common household cleaning products’ ability to inactivate SARS-CoV-2 on surfaces, showing that detergent, bleach and alcohol are highly effective.
Published in the latest issue of Viruses by MDPI, the research led by University of Melbourne Dr. Julie McAuley, a Senior Researcher at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity (Doherty Institute) is one of the first studies to focus testing on common cleaning chemicals typically found in the home used to decontaminate surfaces.
While vaccinations are key to preventing severe disease and hospitalization caused by SARS-CoV-2 infection, the virus can still infect vaccinated individuals. As home isolation continues to be utilized as a tool to reduce transmission of COVID-19 in public health responses globally, a need arose to make scientific findings more accessible to the public by testing the effectiveness of common household cleaning products.
A survey led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) U.S. revealed that more than 80% of respondents did not feel they knew how to disinfect their home and clean safely to prevent SARS-CoV-2 transmission, despite increasing their household cleaning efforts.