Almost everyone I know is freaked out about novel coronavirus, myself included. In fact, I just canceled my round-the-world trip, which was supposed to begin in just over a week because of it. Here’s that story, including my reasoning.
Most of my readers know that I take germs seriously (almost Howard-Hughes-level seriously). I used to recommend using antibacterial wipes to wipe down your plane seat (etc.) before sitting down, but after watching so much coronavirus coverage and reading this Airfarewatchdog article, I realize that antibacterial wipes aren’t strong enough to kill most germs.
So, I just updated my post on 11 ways to avoid getting sick on the plane, which includes a section on wiping down your seat. I’m now recommending and ordering Clorox and SONO disinfecting wipes, the latter of which calls itself “medical-grade.” Using them is simple enough, though as Airfarewatchdog writes, “it’s important to allow surfaces time to properly dry after you wipe [them] down. ‘Although our wipes have a four minute contact time, we recommend letting the device sit for at least 10 minutes before wiping off the residue left behind..,’ explains a SONO rep. ‘This will ensure that all the EPA registered pathogens are killed and removed.'”
The next time I fly, stay in a hotel or rent a car, I’ll be prepared to wipe down my seat/room/car accordingly.
More on Clorox and SONO disinfecting wipes
One box (75 wipes) of Clorox disinfecting wipes goes for $4.48 on Amazon, while a pack of six boxes is $37.99. From the product description:
- Disinfecting Wipes: clean, disinfect and sanitize with a powerful antibacterial Wipe killing 99.9 percent of bacteria and viruses in as little as 30 seconds as well as common allergens
- All purpose Wipe: easy to stack, space saving pack allows you to take Clorox Disinfecting Wipes anywhere including on the go
- Multi surface cleaner: germs and messes occur on more than kitchen counters and bathroom surfaces Conveniently tackle any tough surface including finished wood, sealed granite and stainless steel
- Easy pull pack: new easy to pull flip top pack allows for the easiest way to clean and disinfect: open with one hand, dispenses one wipe at a Time
- No bleach: disinfect and deodorize with the fresh smell of Clorox Disinfecting Wipes for a bleach free, all in one cleaning alternative; Safely Wipe down toys, remotes, or clean up car spills with these sanitizing wipes
A three-pack of SONO disinfecting wipes goes for $17.99 on Amazon. From the product description:
- Kills 99.9999% of germs and bacteria
- 20 count soft pack is easy to take with you when on the go
- Easily fits in your purse or glove box of your car
- Travel safe
- Kills 47 + bacteria and germs that cause disease
- Kills viruses such as MRSA, H1N1 and many more!
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