Flu Outbreak: Why you might not be using disinfecting wipes properly

Why you might not be using disinfecting wipes properly (WZTV)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV/WKRC) - Teams at major hospital systems in the Tri-State say they are still seeing new admissions for flu-like illnesses. Local schools have been hit hard by flu season, as well.

The CDC said the total number of pediatric flu-related deaths totaled 53 by early February.

Amid the outbreaks, schools have taken steps to disinfect classrooms and buildings. Parents are also taking steps to disinfect homes.

But unless you read the directions carefully, you could be doing it wrong.

Among the most-common disinfecting approaches is the use of disinfecting wipes. It's common to see a co-worker in the office or a family member at home use one of the wipes on a surface, then dry it with a paper towel or rag.

For anyone who has actually read the product directions, it turns out that's the wrong way.

To sanitize a surface, directions state to use the wipe and wet the surface, letting it remain wet for 10 seconds.

To disinfect a surface, it should remain wet for 4 minutes and allowed to air dry. The wipe should also be disposed after use and not used on another surface.

Disinfecting wipes can be effective in keeping the spread of viruses, but only if used properly.

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