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The recent global spread of COVID-19 caused by the novel coronavirus has caused panic among the people of Hong Kong as well as panic buying of masks, cleaning products, and disinfectants. What exactly are coronaviruses? How does one avoid being infected? How should cleaning products such as hand sanitisers and bleach be used for the most effective elimination of the coronavirus? The Council invited a microbiologist to unravel the mysteries.
For prevention of infecting COVID-19, many consumers opt to use bleach for routine cleaning and disinfection for households. Its active ingredient, sodium hypochlorite, denatures protein in micro-organisms and is therefore effective in killing bacteria, fungi, and viruses. However, bleach should be used with caution. Improper use of expired bleach or mixing with other detergents not only reduces its effectiveness in disinfection but also causes the risk to your health! The Consumer Council provides 10 useful tips on the proper use of bleach.