Rotavirus spreads by oral contact with feces, and while this sounds like something that everyone would avoid, a virus is incredibly small, much smaller than a bacteria for example, and therefore microscopic traces of infected feces that cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted, are enough to transmit the infection. Contamination of the following can result in transmission:
- Objects such as toys
- Household surfaces
Is There a “Season” for Rotavirus?
In the past, prior to vaccination becoming available in 2006, most rotavirus infections occurred in the winter and spring, from December through June, in much the same pattern as is seen with influenza, but this is no longer true and rotavirus infection can occur at any time.
How Can I Prevent Rotavirus Infection?
The best way to reduce the chances of a severe rotavirus infection is through vaccination. The vaccine, of which there are currently two types, is oral, requiring no shots, and comes in either 2 or 3 doses given over time, either four months, or six months depending on the vaccine given. However, as was indicated above, while the vaccine is very effective at reducing severe cases of rotavirus, it does not completely prevent infection and illness and most adults and older family members will not have been vaccinated. Nor can anyone count on all, or even most, of the other children in a daycare setting to have been vaccinated. And, other methods of preventing rotavirus infection through personal and household disinfection and cleaning can also be effective at preventing infection with other disease causing viruses and bacteria.
Aside from vaccination, infectious disease professionals recommend the frequent cleaning and disinfection of hands as well as potentially contaminated household surfaces and objects such as toys and other items that may become contaminated with infected fecal material and then end up, directly or indirectly, in the mouths of others. Essentially, anything a child under the age of 5 can reach and touch is potentially infected with rotavirus at some point, and that contamination can spread very easily via adult hands.
Challenges in Selecting a Cleaner and Disinfectant
But a challenge exists for anyone concerned about eliminating or reducing rotavirus in the household or daycare environment since it isn’t always possible to know with certainty that the cleaner or disinfectant being used will be effective against rotavirus. Even cleaners that claim to be effective “against 99% of germs” are not necessarily effective against rotavirus, and it is important to know exactly which germs constitute the set of 99% being measured against. Labelling requirements don’t always require manufacturers to disclose exactly what their cleaners are effective against, nor do they necessarily have to say what measures they are using to make such claims. Ideally, you should choose a cleaner and disinfectant that has been tested and certified as effective against rotavirus by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This provides your only certainty that the cleaner and disinfectant you choose will always be able to kill rotavirus when used as directed. But how do you find such a highly tested and certified cleaner and disinfectant given the extreme difficulty and expense in meeting the EPA requirements? What products have bothered to undergo such scrutiny?
CleanerToday Solves Your Rotavirus Concerns
Fortunately, selecting a cleaner and disinfectant that has undergone the strict EPA testing and certification process is easy when you work with the good folks at CleanerToday.com through their easy to use and up to date website. They offer several variations of the Viraguard family of products, all of which are EPA tested and certified as effective against rotavirus on both human hands and on environmental surfaces. Viraguard handwipes easily clean and disinfect hands as well as small shared surfaces around the house and on the go, including such items as shopping cart handles, door knobs, and even airline seat armrests to mention just a few. The handwipes are packaged for single use, are easily transportable, lightweight, and allowed everywhere. For larger or more frequent cleaning jobs around the house or especially in daycare settings, Viraguard is available in a gallon bulk size that is very economical and easy to use. You simply spray, wipe, and rotavirus contamination is gone just like that. Nothing could be easier and there is no cumbersome dilution required. Viraguard arrives ready to use and ready to eliminate dozens of potentially disease causing organisms, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi, all in one wipe, as tested and certified by the EPA. If you have concerns about personal or environmental contamination with potentially dangerous organisms, visit CleanerToday.com right away for quick and easy solutions to these potential problems. Give them a try today!