What is the cycle of infection?

Infected Person

Sick people, whether they are displaying symptoms or not, are the principal source of infections. Most viruses have an incubation period within a person, where they are contagious but often don’t even know they are sick.

Cycle of Infection

For example, the best estimated incubation period for coronavirus is 4-6 days. Which is why, if you test positive, you will be asked about your activities in the days before you started displaying symptoms. You could be walking around for up to 6 days, feeling healthy, unconsciously spreading infected droplets on surfaces and to other people you come in close contact with.

This applies to all viruses and bacteria. Each has a varying level of incubation, ranging from a few hours for cholera up to 10 weeks for tuberculosis.

Ineffective Cleaning

An incorrect cleaning technique, inappropriate equipment, incorrect cleaning solution or reduced frequency of effective cleaning, can all contribute to the spread of infection.

Whether a person is displaying symptoms of illness or not, they can spread infected droplets on surfaces through touching, coughing, sneezing and even talking. Having an effective cleaning procedure is key to breaking the cycle of infection.

It’s important to follow the instructions for use on the cleaning product that you choose. Our OptiPre Sporicidal Disinfectant has a contact time of 2 minutes, this means after spraying the surface, you must wait 2 minutes before wiping away. This 2 minutes is what is needed to kill the viruses, bacteria, moulds, spores and biofilm that our disinfectant has been tested against.

Some comparable disinfectants require much longer to effectively destroy these pathogens. If the solution is wiped away before the contact time is complete, microorganism will remain on the surface.

Pathogen Transfer

Poorly “cleaned” areas become a breeding ground for pathogens, allowing them to multiply and spread onto more people.
Even the smallest number of remaining microbes on a surface can multiple, and within a short amount of time there is enough harmful bacteria or viruses on the surface to infect the next person that touches it.

And so the cycle continues.