The COVID-19 Vaccine, Why Disinfection Is Still Key
On December 13, 2020, trucks containing the first round of COVID-19 vaccines for Americans rolled out of Pfizer Global Supply in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The trucks’ precious cargo is undoubtedly our most important weapon in defeating the pandemic that has so significantly impacted our world.
The vaccines offer a new hope, but they can't fight alone.
The Race Against Time and the Unknown
It’s going to take time before 60-80% of the world’s population receives their two doses to achieve “herd immunity” – a massive undertaking to say the least. In the United States with a population of 330 million, the goal is to achieve 80% immunity by June 2021. But at the current rate of deployment and some Americans’ reticence about taking a brand-new vaccine, hitting this target date seems unlikely.
It is also not 100% certain how the vaccines will respond to new mutations of the virus, such as the “super-strain” that was first detected in the US on December 29th, and one that is 70% more contagious that than original.
In the meantime, COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise at an alarming rate.
Staying Safe Requires a Multi-Pronged Defense
"A vaccine will complement the other tools we have, not replace them,"
-- Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO).
In order to beat this virus for good, we must remain vigilant and keep our other weapons close at hand. These include masks, social distancing, hand-washing and regular disinfection. According to the CDC, there is not enough information to say if or when CDC will stop recommending these protective measures. Businesses, schools and other facilities must continue to adhere to current disinfection guidelines for the foreseeable future.
Step One: Get the Good Disinfectant
Understandably you want to choose a disinfectant that effectively kills germs, but it’s important to consider other factors. VitalOxide and Bioesque Botanical Disinfectant are EPA-approved solutions that kill 99.999% of viruses, bacterial and other pathogens. But unlike bleach-based disinfectants, the EPA also places them in the lowest-toxicity category IV. They won’t irritate the skin, eyes or lungs, are non-corrosive to a large variety of surfaces and are safe for use on surfaces and items that come in contact with food.
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Step Two: Know How to Apply it Properly
To maximize your disinfection efforts, it’s also important to know how to apply your product properly. GermPro offers an online training course designed by disinfection experts to provide you and your staff with the know-how needed to make your office, warehouse, restaurant or other place of business as germ-free as possible.
Step Three: Ask Questions if Needed
The GermPro team is here for you. Our decades of experience in this industry and personalized approach make us uniquely qualified help you achieve success in creating a safe environment for your customers and employees. Call or email us today, we’re standing by to help.