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New Jersey To The Rescue

Asian Airlines are disinfecting their planes with operating room strength multi-quat disinfectants. One of them, D-125, is made right here in West Caldwell NJ by the Microgen company.

“Airlines unleash herpes disinfectant to clean virus-tainted planes”

Airlines are turning to some of the world’s hardest-hitting disinfectants, capable of stopping everything from sexually transmitted diseases to the MRSA superbug, in the fight against the coronavirus.

Qantas Airways, Korean Air Lines and Singapore Airlines’s carrier Scoot are among airlines that helped evacuate people from the outbreak’s epicentre, the Chinese city of Wuhan, and from a cruise ship off Japan.

They’ve stepped up aircraft-cleaning efforts as a result, trying to ensure that planes used in rescue missions are safe to be put back into commercial use.

The standard vacuum-and-wipe clean-up on board has turned into hospital-grade sterilisations.

Qantas used Viraclean, a hospital-grade disinfectant made by Sydney-based Whiteley Corp. It’s a pink, lemon-scented liquid that kills a range of bacteria and viruses including Hepatitis B and herpes simplex, according to the manufacturer. Surfaces heavily soiled with blood or sweat should be soaked with undiluted Viraclean, Whiteley says.

Korean Air opted for MD-125. That’s a diluted version of D-125, a cleaning solution made by Microgen and used in industries from health care to poultry farming. The company says MD-125 acts against 142 bacteria and viruses, including salmonella, avian flu, HIV and measles.
How are the planes cleaned?

Qantas used the same Boeing 747 on its two flights from Wuhan and another from Tokyo back to Australia. It was cleaned for 36 hours. Pillows, blankets, magazines and headphones were all thrown out, the airline said. The cabin was sprayed twice with disinfectant, which covered all the seats, floors, armrests, tray tables, overhead luggage bins and walls. The cabin was then wiped down. The plane’s air filters, which are similar to those used in surgical theatres, were also replaced. The 747 was back on the Sydney-Santiago commercial route this week, according to data from flightaware.com.

Korean Air used one Boeing 747 on two flights from Wuhan, and an Airbus SE A330 for the third. As well as spraying and wiping down the cabin, cleaning teams replaced seat covers and dividing curtains near the galleys and disinfected the luggage hold, the airline said. The planes were only allowed back into service with the approval of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Korea.

I’ve written before about my use of D-128, a dual quat operating room strength disinfectant mainly used in the veterinary trade. It’s amazing stuff. It kills every kind of germ you can think of. Mold, fungus, bacteria, viruses, you name it. Avian flu, staph, strep, black mold, HIV, parvo, measles, H1N1, and many of the other horrible germs out there fall to it’s efficacy.

There are other types of effective
So I think these airlines are doing the right thing. Korean Air may have gone a bit far by replacing all the cloth materials in the cabin, but too far may be barely enough to alleviate public fears. I would like to see this level of sanitation become standard on all airlines, in addition to installing a large bank of germicidal UV lights, electrostatic precipitaters, and ozone generators in the HVAC systems. Sadly, airliners and cruise ships are giant Petri dishes. Airliners perhaps especially, as the cabin air gets recycled endlessly while in flight.

Going forward, even when this is over, you might see everyone on the plane wearing masks, all the time. There are even effective disinfectants that can be sprayed on these masks that don’t have harmful vapors and will kill most viruses for 6 hours of use.

Generally, if you want a disinfectant wipe or spray you can have confidence in, find ones that are rated to kill SARS and MERS. There aren’t many that do both, but there are plenty that do one or the other. NONE OF THEM has yet been proven to kill the Wuhan virus, because it is so new. However, WuFlu seems to be very closely related to these, so it’s a fair bet they should work. But it’s still a bet, not a guarantee.

Here is a pretty darned good site: What Kills It


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/27/2020 at 10:01 AM   
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