SARS-CoV, MERS-CoV and 2019-nCoV are emerging diseases with no immediate availability of medical treatment or vaccines. This will also be the case for future zoonotic viral pandemics. Evidence indicates that viruses, especially enveloped, are relatively easy to inactivate and a wide range of disinfectants may be effective.
Rapid case identification, isolation and infection control measures are essential to prevent the spread of these emerging viral diseases within households, communities and health care facilities. Nemesis eH2O hypochlorous acid is not specifically tested against 2019-nCoV – no disinfectant is – but it is tested and efficacious against a wide range of microorganisms including spores, bacteria and other viruses (enveloped and non-enveloped) leading to the reasonable conclusion that it will be effective against COVID-19.
Viruses are able to persist in the environment for days but are relatively easy to kill. Disinfectants should therefore offer complete virucidal activity against both enveloped and non-enveloped viruses.
Nemesis eH2O hypochlorous acid has been tested against viruses and has been shown to have virucidal properties (Pineau, 2000). It has achieved >5-log reductions against orthopoxvirus (enveloped), adenovirus (non-enveloped) and poliovirus (non-enveloped).
Disinfectants work best in clean conditions so it is important to clean (with a detergent) and to then disinfect for optimal results. Whilst some products pass laboratory virucidal tests, they do not work well in real-world conditions, especially in the presence of soil/organic material. Furthermore, many products are effective in lab tests but need extended contact times (30 minutes to several hours) to be effective. Again, this is not compatible with the real-world requirements for an effective disinfectant. In contrast, Nemesis eH2O hypochlorous acid is fast acting with contact times typically less than a minute. It is versatile and can be used as a dip, skin irrigant, spray, mist or fog.
Nemesis eH2O is extremely effective against a wide range of micro-organisms, including enveloped viruses. As such it is suitable for use as a broad spectrum, easy to use, efficacious and safe disinfectant.
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