The aviation industry’s role in helping prevent the spread of Wuhan Coronavirus

With more than 105 countries around the world now impacted by the Wuhan Coronavirus outbreak, the aviation industry has recognised the significant role it can play in helping to prevent the deadly virus spreading further using comprehensive aircraft disinfection and sanitation processes.

While the majority of the 109,577 people infected to date are based in China, more than 600 cases have now been reported in other countries1. The rapid rate of the virus spread has been linked to travel, with the majority of overseas cases being linked to people who have visited Wuhan in Hubei province and then travelled to another country via air.

As a provider of speciality aircraft disinfection and hygiene solutions, Callington Group recognises the vital role coronavirus disinfection, fumigation and sanitation practices can play in helping the airline industry to prevent the spread of the disease.

Do existing coronavirus aircraft disinfectant sprays protect against this new coronavirus?

Given the Wuhan Coronavirus is new, no one can yet test their coronavirus aviation disinfectant products specifically against this strain of the virus. However, coronaviruses are part of the “enveloped viruses” family, which includes other well-known and identified diseases such as influenza.

Current coronavirus disinfectant sprays have been tested against existing enveloped viruses and have been proven to be effective at destroying those germs.

Because of their proven effectiveness against other viruses in the same family, there is confidence existing aircraft disinfection sprays will work on this new strain.

How aviation disinfectant practices can help fight the spread of coronavirus

Within the aviation industry, passengers and airline crew can follow WHO recommendations and good hygiene practices to prevent the spread of the virus within the aircraft environment. The coronavirus inflight sanitation steps which have been identified to help reduce the spread of the disease are:

  • Cleaning hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Where soap and water are not available, using alcohol-based sanitisers
  • In addition Callington suggests all cabin surfaces should be cleaned with approved broad-based spectrum disinfectants

What products should be used for coronavirus aircraft disinfection?

While aircraft fumigation, disinfection and sanitation processes are commonplace for airlines, the coronavirus outbreak has placed renewed emphasis on ensuring comprehensive cleaning processes. Airlines can draw on a range of cabin disinfectant products from the Callington Group to conduct their coronavirus inflight disinfection processes.