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Respiratory Syncytial Virus, also known as RSV, has been surging lately, causing an uptick in hospitalizations particularly at children’s hospitals. Scientists are speculating that a lowered exposure the last several years due to social distancing could be the cause. While most experience mild cold symptoms with RSV, children, elderly, and immunocompromised people can develop more serious complications such as bronchitis. Scientists are also looking into a possible link with RSV and developing certain seasonal allergies. Fighting the spread of a virus begins with proper cleaning hygiene. Commercial Cleaning Corp has issued this bulletin in order to provide guidance on how to properly disinfect for RSV.
RSV Signs and Symptoms
People infected with RSV usually show symptoms within 4 to 6 days after getting infected. Symptoms of RSV infection usually include.
• Runny nose
• Decrease in appetite
There is currently no FDA approved vaccine for RSV however scientists are working towards one.
Disinfecting For Respiratory Syncytial Virus
For RSV we recommend CitroRX, it is a botanical disinfectant that uses citric acid as its active ingredient. It complies with EPA category IV (lowest level of toxicity). It does not contain any harsh or abrasive chemicals and is considered non-corrosive. There is no rinsing required, even on food surfaces.
RSV can maintain viability for up to 8 hours on non-porous surfaces and for 20 mins on skin.
Washing frequently touched hard surfaces with cleaning detergent and water first has been shown to aid the breakdown of RSV in some studies.
CitroRX is a preferred cleaning solution for schools and nursing homes due to its low toxicity
Solution should remain on the surface for 5 minutes before removal to ensure proper disinfecting.
CirtoRX Efficacy Data Sheet
Sources: Respiratory Syncytial Virus | Microchem Laboratory |RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) | CDC | Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) – Symptoms and causes – Mayo Clinic
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