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Local school systems investing in spray and fog machines to clean amid COVID-19 concerns

The benefits and disadvantages of using the machines to keep schools clean.

PARMA, Ohio — Local school districts are investing into spraying and fogging systems to help them clean this school year. Parma City Schools Superintendent Charles Smialek says his district invested in the professional grade spraying system.

“We’ve purchased quite a bit of Clorox 360 which is a cleaning solution that is very powerful, its recommended by all the right associations,” says Smialek.

Clorox 360 claims it can kill 99.97% of all bacteria and viruses. Dr. Dave Margolius, MetroHealth’s Director of Division of Internal Medicine says that includes killing Covid-19.

“If there are virus droplets on the surface and you spray it with bleach, the virus will no longer be able to cause infection,” says Dr. Margolius.

Dr. Margolius also cautions that even though the spray is safe and powerful, it’s not a cure-all.

“I worry that it will distract from the real intervention which is as much as possible reducing close face to face contact without masks,” says Dr. Margolius.

Wickliffe Schools Superintendent Joe Spiccia says schools have to take a multi-layered cleaning approach.

“Actually teachers in their own classrooms in addition to our custodial and cleaning staff will continuously disinfect our hard surfaces and those items that students handle and manage throughout the day,” says Spiccia.

The reason the Clorox 360 is so popular is not just the ability to kill bacteria and viruses, but that one person using it can cover a lot more space compared to a hand sprayer.

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