Omicron – What You Need to Know

Experts still don’t know much about Omicron, which has many building owners understandably nervous. How can they ensure occupants are safe—and feel safe—in their facilities? While much is still unknown about the variant, the questions and answers below can help facility managers and owners ensure their COVID Omicron cleaning services are following best practices to keep building occupants safe.

What is Omicron?

Omicron is a highly contagious variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, responsible for COVID-19.

Is Omicron more dangerous than the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant?

At this time, the verdict is still out regarding the severity of Omicron compared to other variants such as Delta. However, preliminary data suggests that people who have previously had COVID-19 could become reinfected more easily with Omicron as compared to other variants.

Is Omicron more contagious than COVID-19 or the Delta variant?

The World Health Organization says it is unclear if Omicron is more transmissible. However, early data from other sources suggests it has spread more rapidly than earlier versions. Meanwhile, preliminary findings also indicate the incubation period for Omicron is shorter, with those infected showing symptoms in as few as three days as compared to nearly a week for other variants.

How long can Omicron live on surfaces?

While Omicron’s survival rate on surfaces is unclear, the CDC says fomite transmission (the ability to contract the virus from a surface) for other SARS-CoV-2 variants can be as long as three days.

Is cleaning and disinfecting effective against Omicron?

If proper cleaning and disinfecting practices are followed, they are effective against Omicron. If you are unsure proper procedures are being followed, contract with a reputable COVID Omicron disinfecting services provider.

What surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected to safeguard against Omicron?

The surfaces that should be cleaned and disinfected to protect against Omicron are the same surfaces that require attention to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2 and any of its other variants. This includes cleaning all surfaces, then disinfecting high-touch surfaces and those in high-traffic areas or where a threat of Omicron may exist due to a known or suspected case of the variant being present.

What are some cleaning products shown to be effective against Omicron?

Currently, the products listed on the EPA List N that are effective against the SARS-CoV-2 virus are recommended for use against Omicron.

Do disinfectants kill the new Omicron strain?

The EPA “expects products on List N to kill all strains and variants of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 when used according to the label directions.”

What are the CDC's recommendations for Omicron cleaning?
The CDC recommends the same cleaning protocols to fight Omicron as those used for all SARS-CoV-2 variants to date.
How can we reduce the risk of Omicron after our facility has been cleaned?

Once the facility has been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected by a COVID Omicron disinfecting services provider, high-touch surfaces and high-traffic areas should be cleaned frequently. Additionally, the FDA recommends frequent hand washing for 20 seconds with soap and water or using hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available. Occupants should also be encouraged to get vaccinated, wear masks, and practice social distancing. The CDC also recommends more frequent testing since even vaccinated people can carry and transmit Omicron, even if no symptoms are present.

Is there any special equipment for disinfecting for Omicron?

While there is no special equipment mandated for Omicron disinfecting, top COVID Omicron disinfecting services use electrostatic sprayers to disinfect surfaces using surgical-grade terminal cleaning techniques and disinfectants approved by the EPA to be effective against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

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