Hygiene currently plays a particularly important role because of the coronavirus, especially in the car. When cleaning vehicles, attention should be paid to the frequently touched areas in the interior and the seat belt. Here are some useful tips on keeping your car free from COVID-19.
The coronavirus changes the world and affects all of our lives. We are asked to make our everyday life cleaner and more hygienic. Dr. Jenny Dodman, Chief Medical Officer of Ford in the UK, explains why it is more important than ever to keep the car clean when you use it: “Microorganisms are constantly around us and this is completely normal – only a very small part of it can be harmful to us. This is currently the case with the coronavirus. This makes hygiene all the more important. ”
When someone who is infected with COVID-19 coughs or sneezes, they produce droplets that contain the virus, and these droplets fall onto nearby surfaces and objects. If someone then touches these contaminated surfaces and objects with their hands and then touches their faces, the virus can spread to the eyes, mouth or nose and be absorbed by the body. That is why hand washing is so important. Ideally, you should use soap or, if no soap is available, a hand sanitizer that contains at least 70 percent alcohol.
Droplet infection is the main transmission route for the coranavirus
The main transmission path is when someone coughs, sneezes, or speaks directly in the direction of someone else. However, if you keep a minimum distance of 1.5 meters, virologists assume that transmission is unlikely. However, it has not yet been fully clarified how long the virus can survive on a surface, especially since the nature of surfaces varies greatly. However, studies with other viruses from the same virus strain suggest that in most cases the risk of infection decreases significantly after 72 hours at the latest.
Recommendations for vehicle cleaning
Commercial household cleaning agents are effective against the coronavirus. In the car, special attention should be paid to the areas that are frequently touched; such as the steering wheel, door handles, gear lever, buttons, touchscreen, armrests and seat adjustments. Seat belts should also be at the top of every driver’s cleanliness checklist, because seat belts are close to the body and could possibly carry the brunt of droplets from coughing and sneezing.
Do not use products containing bleach or hydrogen peroxide to clean and disinfect the vehicle interior. You should also avoid ammonia-based products that could attack some special coatings in the vehicle interior.
Gloves may also be considered a protective measure when driving. However, it is important to note that gloves can also be contaminated when touching a corona-contaminated surface. Touching your own face should also be avoided here in any case.
Vehicle cleaning should always be carried out if a surface could be contaminated, for example after the car has been used by another driver. It is advisable to leave a hand disinfectant in the car and to keep some cleaning cloths or, if necessary, disinfectant cloths in the glove compartment.