Infection Control

Hospital Acquired Infections have been with us for a long time before SARS-Cov2 and no doubt will remain after Covid has passed from the headlines. The difference now is twofold, I guess.

1.      Infection Control has taken on a much wider community responsibility.

2.      People are going to have increased interest in seeing infection control in action both in the       wider community but also without doubt in hospitals.

We saw both differences in action ourselves when we sold our Muv-X to schools. Parents and staff alike were hugely enthusiastic to get the Muv-X and have it in action. This was a tangible and very visible action on infection control but also independently and scientifically proven as effective.

We must be careful though with reliance on visual evidence and what constitutes such. We have seen fogging/misting being used in schools also and it does have the effect of being an anxiety reducer. Staff and parents are usually happy to see action being taken…although many do understand that the World Health Organisation has dismissed the effectiveness of fogging against SARS-Cov2, the vast majority don’t know that. Seeing cannot be believing anymore in this high-tech age. ‘Show me the money’ becomes ‘Show me the science’.

At a recent concert in Belfast, people attending were asked to walk through a tunnel while being sprayed with a mist which I understand was to act as a disinfectant/ virus transmission reducer. A very visible action obviously. The World Health Organisation has this to say about such methods of infection control….

“Spraying individuals with disinfectants (such as in a tunnel, cabinet, or chamber) is not recommended under any circumstances. This practice could be physically and psychologically harmful and would not reduce an infected person’s ability to spread the virus through droplets or contact. The toxic effect of spraying with chemicals such as chlorine on individuals can lead to eye and skin irritation, bronchospasm due to inhalation, and potentially gastrointestinal effects such as nausea and vomiting”.

So, we must be careful when we say, ‘show me what you’re doing on infection control’. Seeing is fine but what you see needs to be backed up by scientific proof. If chemicals are being sprayed on surfaces, UVC light being used, or Ozone gas being deployed…all can look effective but asking to see the scientific basis is much more important. That’s where the ‘rubber hits the road’ for all of us, including hospitals.

If you are interested in knowing more about our Muv-X, a very visual means of infection control which is backed up by solid scientific evidence and independent laboratory testing, please get in touch. We’re always happy to talk. Contact: / +353876871295