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Back to Basics: Choosing the Appropriate Surface Disinfectant

Dipartimento di Scienze Farmaceutiche, Università degli Studi di Milano, Via L. Mangiagalli 25, 20133 Milano, Italy
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Antibiotics 2021, 10(6), 613; https://doi.org/10.3390/antibiotics10060613
Received: 4 May 2021 / Revised: 17 May 2021 / Accepted: 17 May 2021 / Published: 21 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Novel Antimicrobials for Surfaces to Prevent Exposure to Pathogens)
From viruses to bacteria, our lives are filled with exposure to germs. In built environments, exposure to infectious microorganisms and their byproducts is clearly linked to human health. In the last year, public health emergency surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic stressed the importance of having good biosafety measures and practices. To prevent infection from spreading and to maintain the barrier, disinfection and hygiene habits are crucial, especially when the microorganism can persist and survive on surfaces. Contaminated surfaces are called fomites and on them, microorganisms can survive even for months. As a consequence, fomites serve as a second reservoir and transfer pathogens between hosts. The knowledge of microorganisms, type of surface, and antimicrobial agent is fundamental to develop the best approach to sanitize fomites and to obtain good disinfection levels. Hence, this review has the purpose to briefly describe the organisms, the kind of risk associated with them, and the main classes of antimicrobials for surfaces, to help choose the right approach to prevent exposure to pathogens. View Full-Text
Keywords: antimicrobial; disinfectant; surface disinfection; fomite; surface contamination; microorganisms antimicrobial; disinfectant; surface disinfection; fomite; surface contamination; microorganisms
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Artasensi, A.; Mazzotta, S.; Fumagalli, L. Back to Basics: Choosing the Appropriate Surface Disinfectant. Antibiotics 2021, 10, 613. https://doi.org/10.3390/antibiotics10060613

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Artasensi A, Mazzotta S, Fumagalli L. Back to Basics: Choosing the Appropriate Surface Disinfectant. Antibiotics. 2021; 10(6):613. https://doi.org/10.3390/antibiotics10060613

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Artasensi, Angelica, Sarah Mazzotta, and Laura Fumagalli. 2021. "Back to Basics: Choosing the Appropriate Surface Disinfectant" Antibiotics 10, no. 6: 613. https://doi.org/10.3390/antibiotics10060613

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