Our increased exposure to chemical disinfectants and the long-term consequences

We are all a bit more conscious of cleanliness nowadays…

Extra cleaning and disinfection have become routine since the Coronavirus first hit early this year. While disinfection is among the most effective ways to curb the virus, many are unaware of the health risks that chemical disinfectants pose.

Well-intentioned people, trying to stop the spread of Covid-19, have unintentionally exposed themselves and others to harmful products.We are being exposed to these chemicals involumes and frequencies that were previously unheard of.

Disinfecting chemicals were never intended to be used like this.Disinfectants are classified by the EPA with insecticides.  They are produced to kill microbes.  They are not cleaning agents. Experts worry about the consequences.

Increased Exposure

Since Covid-19 was first announced in January, there has been an enormous increase in exposure to chemicaldisinfectants. A CDC studyof the number of reports to poison centers regarding disinfectants and cleaners illustratesthis.

The study reveals there was a 35.85 percent increase in total exposure to disinfectants and cleaners in January through March of 2020 compared to the same timeframe in 2019. If you break out disinfectants, the increase is much higher.

The CDC recommends cleaning and disinfectinghigh touch surfacesas a precautionagainst disease. They should be wiped down.  However, people tend to skip over warning labels and fine print when using chemical disinfectantsin this Covid-age.They are being sprayed and fogged indiscriminately.

Exposure by inhalation has increased the mostof all possible routes. There has been a 108.79% increase from 2019 to 2020 during these respective months.

Dermatological issues are also prevalent due to overuse. A 57.24% increase in incidents of dermal problems dueto chemical disinfectants has been reported. Remember: our skin is our largest organ and is vulnerable to chemical absorption.

Children are the ones most exposed to chemical disinfectants, due to more frequent handling of objects and “mouthing”activities.They don’t have the understanding or discipline to protect themselves.Experts fearthatfrequent exposure to chemical disinfectants could be detrimental to a developing immune system, and may cause long-term reproductive issues.

Impact of Disinfectant Exposure

Even if you follow the instructionson the label, many chemical disinfectants can cause harm because they were never intended to be used as often as they are now due to Covid-19.

The CDC listof chemical disinfectants reveals an array of possible side effects. General toxicity, dermatological ailments, eye damage and respiratory diseaseare all commonplace on this list. Because many chemical disinfectants are hormone-altering, neurological and reproductive issues are also an issue.

A high percentage of EPA approved disinfectants that are widely used contain quaternary ammonia compounds (quats). These are proven to increase one’s risk of asthma, allergic sensation and dermatological ailments. Studies of these chemicals on mice revealed they cause reproductive ailments too, although this has not been confirmed inhumans.

Chemical disinfectants had known harmful side effects before they were sprayed all over your workplace on a regular basis. But when they were used for occasional accidents, spills, and infestations, they were a reasonable risk.  When used to wipe down high touch areas they also make sense.  One can only imagine, however, the long-term effects we will see from their current usage.

The Future of Disinfection

The harm from this heavy use of harmful chemicals has not been widely reported.  The pandemic, quarantines, and the presidential election have dominated the headlines.  But safety and health experts are aware. And some innovators and entrepreneurs have worked hard to find safer and healthier alternatives.

UVC light has a long history of disinfecting the places that need it most, such as hospitals. UVC light can disinfect an entire facility without using any harmful toxins or chemicals. No liquids are sprayed, and no residue or odor are left behind.

You can access UVC disinfection as a service, or you can buy permanent fixtures.  To learn more, Contact BluZap UV Disinfection today to find the best solution for you.