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Rising Awareness about Sanitization, Health, and Safety to Drive Surface Disinfectant Market Growth

   April 4, 2022

Surface disinfectants are chemical agents designed to inactivate or destroy microorganisms on inert surfaces. They work by destroying the cell wall of microbes or interfering with their metabolism. While disinfectants generally kill more microbes than sanitizers, disinfectants do not eliminate all microbes from a surface or object. They reduce the number of microbes to be safer for human contact. For disinfectants to work properly, the area should be cleaned first. This reduces inhibition of the disinfectant by soil or other organic material. Hard surfaces throughout healthcare facilities and non-healthcare can harbor dangerous pathogens for weeks. Thus, proper surface disinfection can prevent the spread of infections.

According to the Center for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC), in the U.S., every year, hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) account for an estimated 1.7 million infections and 99,000 associated deaths. Most of these infections include urinary tract infections, surgical site infections, and pneumonia. Therefore, realizing the importance of regular cleaning, healthcare and non-healthcare entities are adopting sanitization procedures for equipment and surfaces to mitigate infections and allergies. Disease outbreaks, such as SARS, COVID-19, various strains of influenza, and other pathogens have spurred the demand for disinfectants. At the same time, concern about resistant organisms and the effects of disinfectants on the environment are driving interest in more effective yet greener disinfectants.

The governments of different countries have taken several initiatives and issued guidelines to increase awareness about sanitization and health. Here are a few of the examples:

  • In the light of the surging COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. EPA published the list of surface disinfectants effective against COVID-19.
  • In March 2020, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) offered infection prevention and control measures in healthcare facilities. As per the guideline issued, it is stated that in the case of the COVID-19 pandemic, the transmission of diseases from health facilities to communities and increased use of antibiotics can exacerbate outbreaks and spread infections. Therefore, healthcare facilities are required to ensure the availability of sanitizers, water points, for regular hand washing with soap and running water or alcohol-based hand rub AHRB/ sanitizer.
  • In Canada, in July 2019, for aircraft, trains, ferries, cruise ships, and terminals, the adoption of infection control measures such as continuous cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched areas, lavatories, doors were recommended to minimize the spread of diseases.
  • Owing to the COVID-19 outbreak, the regulatory authorities, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), issued guidelines for disinfectants. The WHO has recommended the use of hospital-grade disinfectants or chlorine disinfectants in 5,000 ppm concentration or 0.5% (equivalent to 1:9 dilutions of 5% concentrated bleach (liquid) in long-term care facilities. According to the CDC, an EPA registered disinfectant is recommended for use in long-term care facilities to control the spread of SARS–Cov-2.

Disinfection of the inanimate environment reduces the bioburden and decreases the risk of pathogens' cross-transmission in the hospital. As per the data updated by the U.S. Department of Human and Health Services in 2020, it was reported that 1 in 25 inpatients gets infected during hospital care, and this has led to thousands of deaths in the country. Further, during the COVID-19 pandemic, there were a surging number of COVID-19 patients and a high demand for surface disinfectants to curb the spread of HAIs among the COVID-19 patients.

The outbreak of COVID-19 increased the need for surface disinfection and cleaning practices significantly. Since the outbreak in 2020, the virus spread very quickly to all parts of the world, infecting millions. All the known measures were being taken to curb the spread of the deadly virus, including disinfection and cleaning of surfaces. This increased the demand for surface disinfectants to multiple folds. Shortage of disinfectants was reported in many of the stores and retail outlets. Many companies had to increase their production due to disinfectants' high demand. Thus, the outbreak of COVID-19 increased awareness about the use of surface disinfectants, which in turn helped the market size grow.

The Surface Disinfectants Market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.5% to reach $10.10 billion by 2029, according to Meticulous Research®.

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