The COVID-19 pandemic has been truly a whirlwind in 2020. The global crisis has threatened lives across the world and forced vulnerable populations to exercise immense caution. Even when opting for grocery and restaurant delivery services, people have been careful to avoid contact with the delivery person. Nobody alive right now has ever faced such drastic prevention measures. Is it possible to avoid getting sick?
How does COVID-19 spread?
It has taken endless hours of research and analysis to determine exactly how the novel coronavirus spreads from person to person. While that research still continues, we still have a good idea of how it is transmitted.
The virus is known to spread mainly in two ways:
When an infected person coughs or sneezes, droplets can spread easily to a nearby person. This is why social distancing has been a critical part of slowing the spread of the disease. Staying a safe distance apart can help minimize the chance of transmission by droplets.
If an infected person rubs their nose or coughs into their hand and then touches something, the virus can live on that surface for a certain period of time. If someone else touches that surface and then touches their face, they can become ill as well. This is why handwashing is a critical step in preventing illness.
There is evidence to suggest the virus can survive in the air, but more research is needed to determine how that may impact transmission.
What is the incubation period for COVID-19?
The CDC reports that the incubation period for the COVID-19 can be up to 14 days, with a median time of 4-5 days for onset of symptoms. The long incubation period can make it tricky to know who is infected before they spread it to someone else. That’s why it’s imperative to take care in washing your hands frequently and sanitizing frequently used items.
How to Sanitize Items
You’ve probably noticed it’s been rather difficult to find stores that have sanitizing wipes or spray in stock. And when these items do become available, they sell out quickly. Cleaning wipes are helpful in sanitizing items in your home like door handles, light switches, remotes, keys, and other frequently used household things.
When wiping items down, they should be left to dry for several minutes before bacteria and viruses are considered “killed.” Many people fail this step and are not doing themselves any favors!
Persistent hand washing and sanitizing can help prevent contamination from COVID-19 if done properly.
What happens if you run out of cleaning wipes? There’s another solution for killing germs on common household items: Ozone.
What is ozone?
Also known as trioxygen, the highly reactive gas ozone is made up of 3 oxygen atoms. It works by reacting with other molecules and altering their composition, essentially killing harmful germs easily.
What is ozone used for?
Ozone is commonly used as a disinfecting agent for CPAP and BiPAP machine components. It is an excellent alternative to soap and water as it is extremely effective in killing microorganisms and preventing mold and mildew in CPAP tubing. It’s a quick and easy way to sanitize equipment without much work on the user’s end.
Can ozone be used for other things?
Ozone is a great option for cleaning household items, specifically smaller things like car keys, remotes, face masks, wallets, or even disposable items that may be in short supply. Ozone is an effortless way to disinfect your stuff without wasting wipes and other cleaning products that you need to preserve.
The Sleep8 ozone system is simple to use. Just place your items into the bag and attach to the device and press start. It’s as simple as that. You can use this daily to sanitize your personal goods and stress less about contamination.
Try the Sleep8 device for your PAP machine
If you use a CPAP or BiPAP machine at home and haven’t tried an ozone cleaner, the Sleep8 device will make your routine more efficient and improve your cleaning efficiency! Soap and water have limits, as it is difficult to get into all the grooves of your mask and tubing.
Ozone gas is a much better way to adequately disinfect your system. Not only can you benefit from cleaning your device, but now you can use it to clean your household items during the COVID-19 situation!
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Written by: Amanda Peterson