Jan 12 2022 | Guides

How To Help Stop the Spread of Omicron Variant of COVID-19 Using Wysiwash



With the appearance of the Omicron variant (COVID-19), many people are wondering what other actions they can take to prevent the spread of coronavirus. While contact with the virus on surfaces is thought to play a lesser role in spreading COVID-19, sanitation is still an important part of disease prevention. 

In this article, we’re going to explain the current state of the pandemic and dive into common questions we’ve been receiving at Wysiwash.

What are best practices for sanitizing/cleaning to prevent COVID-19? 

There are several steps to preventing any bacteria, virus, or pathogens from developing. 

1. Frequency 

A well-sanitized area requires daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning. It’s important to be consistently dedicated to creating a clean environment, either in your home, business, or community. The time required for this process will vary depending on the size and exposure of your area. 

2. Thoroughness 

It’s important to put great care and attention into your sanitizing practices. If you are not thorough while sanitizing, then germs can persist in missed areas. One way to make sanitization easier and more effective is to prioritize easy-to-clean materials. For example, use a microfiber or polyester towel to clean with, rather than cotton. Cotton is an organic matter and sanitizers can bind to it, rather than attacking the surface you’re cleaning.

3. Following Directions 

When using any cleaning product, you should be aware of the directions. Creating a cleaning product involves chemically active ingredients that sanitize in different ways depending on the manufacturer. In order to sanitize correctly and prevent the spread of any virus or bacteria, you must allow full contact time and follow the directions. Be sure to take a note of what chemicals to avoid mixing together when you’re cleaning. 

How long can COVID-19 live on objects? 

Data gathered since the start of the pandemic show that COVID-19 is highly-transmissible in the air and contracting COVID-19 from a surface is less likely. The CDC states, “The principal mode by which people are infected with SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) is through exposure to respiratory droplets carrying infectious virus. It is possible for people to be infected through contact with contaminated surfaces or objects (fomites), but the risk is generally considered to be low.” This report explains that a 99% reduction in the virus can be expected within 72 hours. Similar enveloped viruses to COVID-19 live longest on hard, non-porous surfaces, such as plastic and metal. Based on this, experts say that COVID-19 lives longest on hard surfaces. 

If someone in your business or household has tested positive for coronavirus, it’s especially important to sanitize and disinfect. Research from The New England Journal of Medicine indicated that COVID-19 can survive in the air for at least 3 hours. However, the amount of viable virus decreased sharply over time. It is important to note that this study was done in ideal conditions.  Since the virus can remain in the air anywhere from minutes to hours, wearing masks, cleaning at least daily, and washing your hands consistently can help prevent contracting the virus in indoor settings.

Does Wysiwash kill the Omicron variant? 

Although we do not hold a claim for Omicron and COVID-19, per se, we can logically deduce efficacy based on the following information:

As an emerging, novel virus, germicides typically do not carry claims against COVID-19; however, the Wysiwash Sanitizing System has demonstrated excellent effectiveness on surfaces against bovine coronavirus, a virus very similar to COVID-19. Further, studies indicate that a 50 ppm sodium hypochlorite solution kills COVID-19 on hard surfaces in one minute or less. Wysiwash and EfferSan are much more effective than a 50 ppm sodium hypochlorite solution. 

Please refer to the CDC's website for additional information.  

The COVID-19 is an enveloped virus, making it an easy-to-kill virus. Non-enveloped viruses such as canine parvovirus or feline calicivirus are much more difficult to destroy. Wysiwash and EfferSan have both demonstrated excellent effectiveness on those two non-enveloped viruses as well. It is important to follow directions and treat surfaces thoroughly to maximize effectiveness.

What is Wysiwash? 

Wysiwash is a sanitizing and disinfecting solution that delivers safe, accurate concentrations of chlorine-based sanitizer. This mild, yet highly effective cleaning solution has been trusted by various industry professionals, such as animal kennel owners, for over 15 years. 

What makes Wysiwash unique?

Each Wysiwash Jacketed Caplet contains a highly compressed calcium hypochlorite solution that is more effective and economical to use than liquid bleach. Hypochlorous acid, which is produced from chlorine compounds, is the key sanitizing agent used in the Wysiwash Sanitizing System. In fact, the main ingredient, calcium hypochlorite, is commonly used in public swimming pools and to disinfect drinking water. Hypochlorous acid is effective against the most dangerous pathogens including bacteria, viruses, fungi (such as ringworm) and protozoa.

Scientifically designed to accurately deliver consistent levels of active chlorine, Wysiwash is way more than a hose-end sprayer. It is a precisely calibrated sanitizing and disinfecting instrument. Learn more about the Wysiwash Sanitizing System here

What everyday sanitizing products do you recommend?

For large public areas, we recommend Wysiwash to sanitize quickly and effectively. However, Wysiwash isn’t ideal for smaller, in-home areas. For disinfecting countertops and surfaces, we recommend EfferSan. It's an EPA-Registered disinfecting and sanitizing tablet that can be dissolved in water to be used as a spraying solution. EfferSan tackles sanitizing 99.999% of bacteria in 1 minute! Plus, this product also doubles as a deodorizer that features tablets for fabrics while laundry washing. 

EfferSan has qualified to meet the EPA Emerging Viral Pathogen Guidance for Antimicrobial Pesticides against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 (COVID-19). EfferSan's demonstrated efficacy on a wide range of pathogens is further confirmed by the addition to the EPA List N and will update its stamped label with Emerging Pathogens language as soon as possible. (You can find EfferSan's entry by searching EPA List N by its EPA registration number: 66570-2.)

Do I need to change my cleaning protocols in response to Omicron? 

Just like with any flu season, it’s best to sanitize high-contact surfaces more often than normal. This is especially true in places where people gather, like offices, schools, transportation hubs, and shopping centers. 

If you run a school or you're an administrator of another place where people come and go frequently, you have likely developed a daily sanitizing routine for frequently touched surfaces and objects. 

To simplify your routine, Wysiwash is great for sanitizing large surfaces, like playgrounds, gym mats, and locker rooms. Because cleaning them can be such a daunting task, these surfaces are often overlooked. Adding Wysiwash to your cleaning protocols makes sanitizing these large areas a snap, which is why many schools and daycare centers use Wysiwash to sanitize play equipment. 

Can I catch COVID-19 and Omicron from my pets? 

Dogs can contract various coronaviruses, including the canine respiratory coronavirus (not COVID-19). The American Kennel Club states the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is not believed to be a health threat to dogs. This follows the World Health Organization’s (WHO) current information. WHO reports, “There is no evidence that a dog, cat or any pet can transmit COVID-19. COVID-19 is mainly spread through droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. To protect yourself, clean your hands frequently and thoroughly.”

To protect your animals, the CDC recommends avoiding contact with them if you have tested positive.

Conclusion 

Although the end of 2021 brought a rise of the COVID-19 variant Omicron, Wysiwash has been providing effective products for years. If you want to learn more about our products, please visit our quick start guides