Carnival Industry Article – April 2020

Most Americans have been reading and hearing about viruses, bacteria, and other microorganisms that can easily live on surfaces for extended periods. This life span means it is extremely easy for these organisms to be transmitted from person to person simply by touching a contaminated surface and then touching their eyes, nose, or mouth.

“Germs” is a generic term that refers bacteria, viruses, and other microscopic particles that can cause illness. However, there are some differences between them. For example, bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics, but viruses cannot. Viruses are smaller than bacteria and need a host to reproduce. That is why human transmission is a such a big concern with the coronavirus.

How long do germs live on surfaces? The answer varies depending on the type of germ, conditions, and the surface it is on. For example, the common cold and influenza viruses can survive for longer periods on hard, nonporous surfaces like desktops and handrails, but rarely remain infectious for more than 24 hours. Norovirus does not survive long on porous materials like tissues and fabrics, but it can live on hard surfaces for days or weeks if the conditions are favorable.

Depending on the material and conditions the current concern, coronavirus, can remain infectious up to 9 days at room temperature on most hard surfaces. All indoor and outdoor surfaces like tabletops, doorknobs, bus seats, workout equipment, and steering wheels are easily contaminated by such germs.

As businesses and industries like yours look toward the coming weeks and months as an opportunity to reopen and engage with the public, heightened safety practices will help put customers and staff at ease. This includes following expert advice to do two things: encourage thorough and frequent hand washing and follow best practices on disinfecting and cleaning all hard surfaces to prevent the spread of the virus.

The outdoor amusement industry can and should be proactive in acknowledging the virus and other microorganisms exist throughout the carnival/fair environment. Whether it is a few thousand people, or up to two-million visitors at the largest fairs, customers will be touching rides, eating food, and touching their face without realizing it. In order to function and begin earning needed revenue again, it is vital everyone use a self-sanitizing product that is effective at killing viruses on hard surfaces 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our KOC-86 is easy to apply and simply needs to air dry. It does not require additional wiping of surfaces and will protect even hard to reach surfaces, protecting your staff and your customers from spreading illness to each other for the duration of the fair. This self-sanitizing spray is activated by UV light from the sun or indoor lighting, so it is perfect for indoor and outdoor surfaces.

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~ Kim