Disinfectants, UV Light, and Heat to Inactivate SARS-CoV-2

— Written By Natalie Seymour

Cleaning followed by disinfection of surfaces is a best practice measure for the prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in households and community settings. Current research suggests heat and UV light can be effective against SARS-CoV-2, or the virus causing COVID-19, along with many chemical disinfectants. However, it is important to note that any method used for disinfection must be done carefully, as chemicals, UV light, and heat can all cause damage if not used correctly. Ingesting, injecting, or using these methods directly on the skin can have serious health consequences.

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