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Airlines’ release herpes disinfectant, and other cleaning concoctions on coronavirus-tainted aircrafts

Airline companies make use of the world’s hardest-hitting disinfectant that is capable of stopping various things from sexually transmitted diseases to the so-called MRSA superbug. This sudden shift to herpes disinfectant is in line to fight the novel coronavirus outbreak.

To give some big names in the airline industry, Korean Air Lines Co., Singapore Airlines Ltd.’s Scoot, and Qantas Airways Ltd. are among the carries that initiated to offer help to evacuate people from the outbreak’s epicenter which is from the Chinese city of Wuhan and also from a cruise ship off Japan, Diamond Princess. They’ve chosen to step up aircraft cleaning efforts to ensure that the planes used during the rescue missions are safe and can be put back into commercial use. The standard vacuum and wipe cleanup onboard have been transformed into hospital-grade sterilizations.

Qantas Airways Ltd. makes use of the Viraclean. It is a known hospital-grade disinfectant made by a Sydney-based Whiteley Corp. It is a lemon-scented liquid that is color pink and can kill a range of bacteria and viruses which includes herpes simplex and Hepatitis B as per the statement released by the manufacturer. Those surfaces who were heavily soiled with blood or sweat should be soaked with undiluted Viraclean. Qantas Airways Ltd. makes use of Boeing 747 on its two flights from Wuhan and the other from Tokyo going back to Australia. This aircraft was cleaned for almost 36 hours. Magazines, pillows, blankets, headphones, and other stuff inside were all thrown out. This week, the Boeing 747 was back on its commercial route Sydney-Santiago.

On the other hand, Korean Air Lines Co. chooses MD-125. It is a diluted version of the D-125, another cleaning solution made by Microgen. It is usually used in industries from health care to poultry farming. According to the statement released by the company, this cleaning solution acts against 142 bacteria and viruses namely HIV, salmonella, avian flu, and measles. Korean Air also makes use of Boeing 747 on its first and second flight and Airbus SE A330 for its third flight. The given aircraft are only allowed to go back into its regular service until the approval of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Korea.

For Singapore Airlines Ltd.’s Scoot, a low carrier, it sprayed a mist of the so-called industrial-grade disinfectant throughout the cabin. This process is known as fogging.

The majority of the airlines have stepped up their normal cleaning procedures to limit the risk of spreading the virus and even contamination.