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If COVID-19 isn't spread through even food, why is it recommended to disinfect common objects?

Currently, researchers say that there is no evidence of COVID-19 spreading through food: "The risk of getting COVID-19 from food you cook yourself or from handling and consuming food from ...
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Is open air spraying of disinfectant irritating the respiratory system and therefore increasing risk of infection such as COVID-19?

Recent articles and news items showed groups of people (mainly in Asia) spraying whole cities with disinfectant (as shown on a photo below). Apart from questions about the used substances, dose, ...
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Disinfecting laundry — that of a likely COVID patient, or of any other possibly-infectious individual

Clothing can probably spread fungal infections (e.g. athlete's foot) from person to person. There's not a lot of evidence that clothing can spread bacterial infections. But Bloomfield et al. quote ...
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Properly disinfecting fruits and vegetables from COVID-19

In this YouTube video part PSA Grocery Shopping Tips in COVID-19 (See Important Notes Below) Dr. mentions how to disinfect food, particularly fruit. Would be enough to put all fruits and vegetables ...
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COVID-19, disinfecting bike-share bikes (or rental bikes), and safely using them

I don't own a working bike, but I do have a bike-sharing system membership. My city's bike-sharing system has many stations. I can borrow a bike and ride it to any other station. There's currently ...
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Does bleach have to be diluted to be more effective to kill virus?

This page Bleach claims Bleach is more effective at killing germs when diluted than when used straight out of the bottle. this other page (Spanish) Alcohol and Bleach are more effective against ...
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How to disinfect ice cream from coronavirus?

It is well known that some ways to remove coronavirus from food are: washing/cleaning it carefully; heating it (e.g. in oven, microwave or a saucepan), at least 70 degrees for at least 5 minutes; ...
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Can COVID-19 be transferred through food handled by infected individuals? [closed]

Do COVID-19 spread by consuming foods that have been handled by infected individuals? My question is related to foods such as bread that we can't really clean up before eating being handled by ...
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When dettol turns white, what does it indicate

Sometimes when I bathe or clean wounds with dettol, It upon contact turns white almost instantaneously. Does it mean there's some kind of microbes or something ?. If so what causes it it turn white ?
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If I microwave an infected piece of, let's say, cloth, for a minute or two, would it become disinfected?

This article suggests temperatures over 150 degrees Fahrenheit kill viruses. So, forgive my ignorance on the subject, but does this mean that if I microwave a potentially infected (i.e. with viruses ...
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How quickly does soap inactivate enveloped viruses, e.g. influenza, compared to antiseptics like alcohol?

To begin with, I'm not talking about merely washing away a virus with soap (and water), but rather that enveloped viruses, like influenza appear to also be directly attacked in their lipid envelope by ...
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Examples of infected disinfectants?

I've read in Pommerville's (2016) Fundamentals of Microbiology (p. 314) that contrary to popular belief that disinfectants kill all germs, there are examples of disinfectants that were contaminated ...
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Can soap and water be used to kill covid19 on household surfaces?

The CDC says to clean with soap and water before using bleach disinfectant. So I don't need a link to the CDC. If soap and water kill coronavirus on hands should it not kill coronavirus on surfaces ...
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Sous vide as a possible disinfection method for industrial quality N95 masks?

It looks like this community is already aware of the Stanford research on disinfection methods for N95 masks during the Covid-19 pandemic. For community members who have had a few masks stashed away (...
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Why aren't we sterilizing N95 masks?

Please forgive the obvious question. H2O2 vapor sterilization is deadly for the layperson but should be workable for hospitals. I can't find the small Chinese study I read the other day about it. ...
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How quickly would boiling water kill coronavirus?

How quickly would boiling water kill coronavirus? There are numerous articles telling us to disinfect groceries - wash all packages with soap and water and then disinfect with wipes, also wash ...
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Can I use a strong alcoholic drink (40 % of ethanol) to disinfect frequently touched surfaces against COVID-19? [duplicate]

Can I use a strong alcoholic drink (containing mostly water and 40 % of ethyl alcohol) to disinfect the frequently touched surfaces indoors or even packed food items I buy in the supermarket)? Vodka ...
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Savlon & Dettol as surface disinfectant from COVID-19

Can Savlon be used as surface disinfectant from SARS-CoV-2 virus? It is being said that Dettol was tested as disinfectant for previous coronaviruses, so probably it will also work well against SARS-...
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COVID-19 disinfection with ultraviolet

Even CDC site does not seem to mention uv as a method of sterilization. The only authoritative source of uv disinfection of COVID type virus I found was in 'https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/...
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What is the rationale behind spraying disinfectent on the street, or inside buildings against Corvid-19

Pictures of people clad in white protective gear, looking like SciFy and sparying streets, offices, factories and people have emerged in the media. What are they spraying and is there any evidence it ...
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Can methylated alcohol be used as disinfectant during Corona crisis

First things first: I am not a medical specialist. Friends and family are working as caretakers. Disinfectant handcleansing are sold-out/unavailable. That is why I decided to ask my question on this ...
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Grapefruit-seed extract for disinfection?

I was recommended grapefruit-seed extract by several people and did some research. It convinced me to a level I'm willing to try it but there was something that puzzled me: A "Grapeseed-Extract-Guy" ...
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How to sterilize the human intestine using a safe method?

I want to know how can one sterilize their intestine (both small/large) and what are the consequences.
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Why isn't clorhexidine gluconate used among humans?

It is used for non-human animals, but as far as I have read it is not used among people. Are there exceptions?
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What to do after being exposed to someone with the flu/cold

If I spent 45 minutes in a car with closed windows with someone that had a cold/flu, what would I have to do immediately after exiting the vehicle to reduce and if possible eliminate the chance of ...
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In which order to disinfect/wash your hands after going to the toilet in a hospital?

In hospitals, they encourage (and sometimes require) visitors to disinfect their hands. Public bathrooms provide disinfection next to the soap. After going to the toilet, should visitors wash and ...
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In which order to put on a mask, a gown and to disinfect when visiting a hospital patient?

I’m daily visiting a patient in a hospital who has a high risk of infection. Before entering her room, I’m required to put on a gown and a face mask, and to disinfect my hands. The gowns and masks ...