UniBlue and Corona Virus
Disinfecting against Covid-19 Coronavirus with Uniblue
Since the beginning of the year, we’ve been asked on many occasions if the ACS Uniblue Universal Disinfectant is effective at killing the new strain of Coronavirus, Covid-19.
As this strain is new to humans, experts cannot yet be certain on the routes of transmission. However, similar viruses are spread by droplets from coughs and sneezes (NHS 2020)
It’s also possible that transmission can be from handling contaminated surfaces and then touching the mouth, nose or eyes. Although this may not be considered the main route of transmission, handwashing with hot water and soap in accordance with Government guidelines helps prevent this form of contamination. It is thought that the virus can remain active on a suitable surface for between two hours and nine days, but as yet, authorities cannot be more specific.
In the UK, the risk of catching Covid-19 is still classified as low, but those most at risk, such as the elderly, people with chronic lung conditions, cancer, diabetes or weakened immune systems, should take extra care, as should those that care for them (gov.uk 2020).
Currently we are unable to test Uniblue against this novel virus. However, Covid-19 is an envelope virus. That is, it has a shell or casing around the main body of the virus. Uniblue is known to be effective against both these ‘envelope’ viruses as well as the harder to kill ‘non-envelope’ viruses (see the EN test standards chart). Therefore, it is possible that Uniblue may control Covid-19 on work surfaces, handles even bedding and soft furnishings providing the dwell times are adhered to, but we cannot be certain.
Uniblue is the only broad spectrum disinfectant to achieve BPR simplified authorization in the UK and is safe for use.