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Offline GregT

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Re: Is shellite an effective disinfectant?
« Reply #15 on: March 26, 2020, 23:47 »
I am genuinely surprised this thread in this company has got this far without the obvious answer....

Yes, Shellite is an effective disinfectant - if it's followed up with a lit match.

Otherwise, keep it for parts washing.

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Re: Is shellite an effective disinfectant?
« Reply #16 on: March 26, 2020, 23:59 »
But maybe COVID is fire-resistant.  Let's hope not! :o :D
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Re: Is shellite an effective disinfectant?
« Reply #17 on: March 27, 2020, 02:06 »
But maybe COVID is fire-resistant.  Let's hope not! :o :D

I've been doing a bit of homework on this bloody virus:

Apparently it can't survive above 60 C. So if you feel inclined to sterilise stuff (such as take-away food) you could do it on a low setting of your kitchen oven. When the guy delivers your pizza, dispose of the filthy box and bung the pizza in the oven for 10 mins to make sure it's above 60C. Or maybe use the microwave if you prefer. Note that microwave radiation doesn't kill germs, it's the heat that kills them. So irradiating stuff that doesn't get hot (eg. plastic) won't be effective.

Dishwashers also heat the water to near boiling, so that's effective too for utensils etc.
Hand washing of stuff in the kitchen sink wouldn't be hot enough. Most people would find 60 water too hot to put their hands in. But the soap and water would give the virus a hard time and most of them would go down the plug hole. I think that's how hand washing works. It doesn't necessarily kill the bugs, just flushes them away.

I wondered about drinking water being a transmission vector, so I did a bit of research. I'm reassured that municipal water utilities use filtration and disinfectant additives (such as chlorine) so tap water should be pretty safe.
If you have tank water, don't worry. I reckon it's very unlikely that someone with the virus would have sneezed on your roof!

Swimming pools and hot tubs should have chlorine in the water.

The virus only survives for a limited time outside a host. So if you leave potentially contaminated stuff lying around for long enough, it'll be OK, especially outside in the sun (UV light is effective at killing viruses).  The time varies depending on the type of surface and it's still under investigation, but it seems we're looking at days rather than hours. Oddly enough, the virus survives pretty well on stainless steel surfaces (possibly up to 3 days) so stainless bench tops in your kitchen may not be as clean as you think. Give them a good wipe-down with disinfectant of you're concerned about contamination from grocery bags etc.

It's a good idea for us all to become OCD germaphobes for a while. Stay clean and safe.
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Re: Is shellite an effective disinfectant?
« Reply #18 on: March 27, 2020, 06:37 »
There's a CDC report out that says they found it still viable on surfaces in one of the cruise ships - after 17 days.

OCD looks good to me.

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Re: Is shellite an effective disinfectant?
« Reply #19 on: March 27, 2020, 07:57 »
60 deg, eh Cam? Maybe climate change will finish it off ... 60 deg ain't that far from the high 40's we're getting now! Og course, it'll finish us off as well ...
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Re: Is shellite an effective disinfectant?
« Reply #20 on: March 27, 2020, 08:40 »
Stop killing pizza delivery people.
Learn to cook.
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Re: Is shellite an effective disinfectant?
« Reply #21 on: March 27, 2020, 10:53 »
Stop killing pizza delivery people.
Learn to cook.
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Re: Is shellite an effective disinfectant?
« Reply #22 on: March 27, 2020, 15:33 »
Why not isolate the elderly and high risk population and let the rest of us get the disease and get immunity? Way simpler than joining the lemmings and submitting to global mind control.

Juts saying .....

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Re: Is shellite an effective disinfectant?
« Reply #23 on: March 27, 2020, 15:39 »
Why not isolate the elderly and high risk population and let the rest of us get the disease and get immunity? Way simpler than joining the lemmings and submitting to global mind control.

Juts saying .....

Jim

Young people die Jim.
Quite a lot.
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Re: Is shellite an effective disinfectant?
« Reply #24 on: March 27, 2020, 15:46 »
Number one cause of death in this shitshow .........."died of health complications related to the novel coronavirus".

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Re: Is shellite an effective disinfectant?
« Reply #25 on: March 27, 2020, 16:38 »
Number one cause of death in this shitshow .........."died of health complications related to the novel coronavirus".

Jim

I didn't read that one so should be ok.
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Re: Is shellite an effective disinfectant?
« Reply #26 on: March 27, 2020, 18:29 »
I hope it"s not a Trilogy.
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Re: Is shellite an effective disinfectant?
« Reply #27 on: March 27, 2020, 18:48 »
I hope it"s not a Trilogy.

A TV series is in the making.
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Re: Is shellite an effective disinfectant?
« Reply #28 on: March 27, 2020, 19:05 »
A TV series is in the making.
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Re: Is shellite an effective disinfectant?
« Reply #29 on: March 27, 2020, 22:51 »
Number one cause of death in this shitshow .........."died of health complications related to the novel coronavirus".

Jim

Well, yeah, obviously. Same with the flu - you die from pneumonia or similar lung infection, a complication caused by the flu or COVID virus affecting your immune system.

Heard the stat today, Italy, 36 DAYS ago, first death from COVID - as of today 9,000 dead, 960 in the last 24 hours. Noone is going to tell me they are all 'old people'.  Spain, France, US etc all heading in the same direction ... Are you going to guarantee that food and essential meds etc can be delivered to the elderly in quarantine with zero chance of introduced infection ... basically sterilise everything going into their homes?
What ... leave it standard??!!