The Importance of Fumigation In Present Times
It’s safe to proclaim that most of us are well aware of the dangers of Covid19 and the precautionary steps required to protect ourselves and our loved ones from it. It’s evident that the coronavirus does not rely purely on human contact for transmission and can be picked up from compromised surfaces or the air in your immediate vicinity.
Spraying disinfectants on groceries, furniture, and workspaces can help, however, dealing with the invisible contaminants in the air can be challenging. According to an article in medRxiv, ”the Covid19 virus can stay afloat in the air for about 3 hours”. A single cough or sneeze deploys this virus and floats around until falling and settling on surfaces. If any human were to stand or pass through this region of viruses, they can contract it simply by inhaling the air around them.
The solution to these unseen problems? One word — Fumigation.
Fumigation is the process of filling a confined area with decontaminants to kill germs and viruses. This process is being heavily followed by China, South Korea, and Italy to disinfect public spaces and offices. However, the problem comes not with the process of fumigation but from one of the components that make fumigation so effective.
The most common disinfectant used in fumigation is Sodium Hypochlorite more commonly known as ‘Bleach’. Bleach has been used for a wide variety of disinfectant purposes but there is a downside to using this solution as a fumigant. Bleach is an irritant for humans and has been linked to COPD (Chronic Pulmonary Obstructive Disease) and Asthma in individuals who suffered from prolonged exposure to these chemicals. Furthermore, Zhang Liubo, a researcher with China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention, has stressed on avoiding repeated disinfection with these chemicals as they could lead to environmental fallouts as well.
With this information, it would seem that Fumigation is NOT a viable long-term protection against the virus and we are simply at the mercy of our surroundings. But isolating the problem is the first step towards a solution and there is a solution indeed.
There are many formulations of fumigants that do not require Bleach for disinfecting purposes. Formulations such as Virkon, Virex, and Virosil have been found to be highly effective against the Covid19 Virus and do not contain any toxic chemicals. This could be deemed safe for humans. These formulations pose no danger to humans or pets which makes them the go-to solutions for home and office fumigation.
So, the question arises as to why formulations containing Bleach should even be used if safer alternatives exist?
The answer; cost.
Bleach is a cheaper substance to formulate and while it’s effectiveness against the Covid19 Virus is still debatable, there is no denying that it’s long history of use as a cost-effective disinfectant has played a major role in its continued use in fumigation. Fortunately, there are a large number of companies pushing for non-bleach decontaminants that are cost-effective and safe.
This is a time where safety and caution are of utmost importance. One of the rare times where any action of ours could either spell doom for the people around us OR help them get through the pandemic. Fumigation is one of the strongest and simplest methods to disinfect surfaces, spaces and the surrounding air.
Trust the experts when it comes to fumigation of homes and office spaces. Speak to our representatives.