Effectiveness of Various Disinfectants Will Continue to be Validated
Boeing partners with the University of Arizona on a joint study that shows cleaning tools and techniques as effectively destroying the COVID-19 virus.
This could give travelers the confidence to go back to taking flights.
The aircraft manufacturer’s Confident Travel Initiative (CTI) — an effort to support customers and enhance the safety and well-being of passengers and crews during the COVID-19 pandemic — performed tests on a real but unoccupied Boeing airplane against a live virus called MS2. The results were taken by the University of Arizona’s Department of Environmental Sciences and compared to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
Dual Purpose of Using MS2 versus COVID virus
Using MS2 instead of an actual COVID-19 served two purposes, according to the scientists involved in the study.
MS2 is, first of all, safe and harmless to humans. And secondly, it is more difficult to kill than SARS-CoV-2. The MS2 virus has been used by scientific and industry studies for years, though never in an airplane cabin.
According to Mike Delaney, who leads Boeing’s CTI efforts, “while these cleaning solutions had been tested in other environments, an airplane behaves differently. It was critical for us to evaluate and confirm the chemicals and techniques we recommend for our customers’ use are effective and battle-tested. By working with the University of Arizona, we were able to employ their world-renowned expertise in virology to do exactly that.”
The study strategically placed the MS2 virus on high-touch points throughout areas of the aircraft where fliers are most likely to come in contact with, such as seat tray tables, armrests, seat cushions, the bathroom, overhead bins, and the galley.
Each area was then disinfected by technicians with various products and technologies separately two ways — manual wiping and with an electrostatic sprayer.
The effectiveness of Boeing’s own ultraviolet wand and antimicrobial coatings were also being tested by the study. Early this year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) allowed the use of antimicrobials, which are long-lasting coatings that destroy germs and viruses on surfaces.
Boeing Covid Study Results
The University of Arizona performed a post-infection analysis on each high-touch area after Boeing did theirs, to determine effectiveness. Various levels of effectiveness were found on the final analysis of the study, but “ultimately all the recommended products, methods and technologies successfully destroyed the MS2 virus,” according to Boeing.
The first test presented impressive results, but Boeing said that it is not going to stop there. The company will continue to work with the University of Arizona in testing recommended cleaning methods against SARS-CoV-2 and other similar viruses to further validate effectiveness.
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