Rapid Reports and Perspectives From the Field

Disinfection measures and control of SARS-COV-2 transmission



A new virus, classified as a variant of the coronavirus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), is severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 or SARS-CoV-2. The virus can be inactivated by heating at 56 ºC for 30 minutes and by using lipid solvents such as ethanol (> 75%), isopropanol (> 70%), formaldehyde (> 0.7%), povidone iodine (> 0, 23%), sodium hypochlorite (> 0.21%), or hydrogen peroxide (> 0.5%), but not chlorhexidine. Another approach is to use a footbath at the entrance of a house. The use of irradiation with ultraviolet light for 60 minutes resulted in the inactivation of several coronaviruses.


Infectious diseaseCovid-19disinfectantsrespiratory infectioncoronavirus
  • Year: 2020
  • Volume: 2
  • DOI: 10.31646/gbio.64
  • Submitted on 3 Apr 2020
  • Published on 17 Apr 2020
  • Peer Reviewed