The Presidency Thursday has been blasting disinfectant across wide areas of the presidential villa, including the office of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The good news from investigations of the coronavirus spread, says Juan Leon, an environmental health scientist at Emory University, is that past studies show common household disinfectants, including soap or a diluted bleach solution, can deactivate coronaviruses on indoor surfaces.
“Coronaviruses are enveloped viruses with a protective fat layer,” Leon says.
Disinfectants tear apart that fat layer, Leon says, which makes coronaviruses “fairly wimpy” compared to noroviruses and other common viruses that have a more robust protein shell.
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