Learning what kills RSV on surfaces and revamping your cleaning and disinfection plan can help protect your employees, customers and guests this winter. Medical experts are already calling 2023 a bad year for respiratory viruses, and more illness is predicted as we get further into winter. Hospitals in North Dakota and around the country are seeing an influx of patients with not just the flu and COVID, but also respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV. Most dangerous in young children, RSV can cause symptoms that are similar to a cold but may also include serious inflammation in the lungs.
How does RSV spread?
RSV is spread in three primary ways:
First, it can be spread through virus droplets expelled from an infected person’s sneeze or cough. When those droplets enter the mouth, eyes or nose of another person, the virus spreads.
Second, RSV can be spread by making direct contact with the virus, like kissing a child who is ill.
Third, RSV can be spread by touching a surface with the virus on it, then touching your face.
Generally, people who have RSV can become contagious up to two days before showing symptoms, and they may remain contagious for three to eight days. The virus can surface for hours on hard surfaces, including tables and other frequently-touched objects in facilities. On soft surfaces, like tissues and hands, the virus lives for shorter amounts of time.
What kills RSV on surfaces?
Our partner Betco produces numerous solutions that kill RSV on hard surfaces when used as directed:
Quat-Stat Disinfectant kills RSV on surfaces thanks to two quaternary surfactants. Leaving behind only a fresh fragrance, this solution does not contain iodine or phenols. Use it to disinfect an array of hard surfaces without worrying about surface staining or corrosion! Click here to order online.
An economical ultra concentrate for low end-use cost, Betco’s pH7Q Neutral Disinfect kills RSV on surfaces without leaving a film behind. This multi-purpose detergent and deodorant disinfects, cleans and eliminates odors in one labor-saving step. We highly recommend pH7Q for use in hospitals, schools, colleges, nursing homes and other commercial and industrial institutions. Click here to order online.
Betco’s Pine Quat Disinfectant is another one of our favorite solutions that kills RSV on surfaces, and not just because of its seasonally-appropriate pine fragrance! This neutral pH disinfectant cleans, disinfects and deodorizes without dulling surfaces or leaving a film behind, it’s simple to use and kills some viruses in just one minute. Click here to order online.
Finally, Betco’s GE Fight BAC RTU Disinfectant is one of our most popular disinfectants, and for good reason: It kills RSV on surfaces, along with over 99.9% of other types of bacteria and viruses. One step is all you need to disinfectant (no rinsing needed)! Best of all, it is free from harsh chemicals. The citric acid active ingredient is non-irritating and won’t produce harsh fumes. Use it to disinfect any hard, non-porous surface in your facility! Click here to order online.
For more information on these products and how to disinfect for RSV, please contact the team at D&E Supply today.