Because Covid-19 Guards are used to prevent the transfer of the Covid-19 Virus, it is essential that they are not only cleaned of dust and smudges that show up on the Plexiglass, but they must also be regularly disinfected.
The difference between cleaning and disinfecting:
Cleaning refers to the removal of germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces. It does not kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.
Disinfecting refers to using chemicals, for example, EPA-registered disinfectants, to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.
What to use when cleaning Covid-19 Guards:
It is recommended by the CDC to wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting any surfaces, then afterwards disposing of them. If there are smudges on the surface of the Covid-19 Guard first clean the area with either soap & water or a glass cleaner such as Windex. If cleaning is not necessary, it is still important to disinfect the Covid-19 Guard at least once a day.
What to use when disinfecting Covid-19 Guards:
There are 3 different ways that you can disinfect a Covid-19 Guard or any other surface.
1 – Use a store-bought disinfectant such as Clorox Disinfecting Wipes. For a complete list of CDC approved disinfectants please visit: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2
2 – Use a homemade bleach solution of 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water.
3 – Use an alcohol solution of at least 70% alcohol (vodka is only 40% alcohol so it can’t be used)
Wipe all surfaces of the Covid-19 Guard with a disposable paper towel ensuring a contact time of at least 1 minute, and allowing proper ventilation during and after application.
How often should a Covid-19 Guard be cleaned/disinfected:
Each company has their own specific needs because of the number of customers the employees interact with and the number of shift-changes the employees take. A Covid-19 Guard should be cleaned whenever the company feels necessary to keep it free of smudges, dirt, etc. However, disinfecting should be done daily if not more frequently such as at the beginning of a shift change.
Remember that any surface that someone is within 6 feet of has the potential of transmitting the virus. The Covid-19 Guards allow a physical separation between your employees and your customers/clients allowing much needed protection when dealing with transactions such as sharing paperwork or making payments.
The CDC recommends “Employers should work with their local and state health departments to ensure appropriate local protocols and guidelines, such as updated/additional guidance for cleaning and disinfection, are followed, including for identification of new potential cases of COVID-19”.