Disinfectant use by K-12 school staff to combat SARS-CoV-2

Am J Infect Control. 2021 Nov;49(11):1432-1434. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2021.08.023. Epub 2021 Aug 27.


K-12 school staff from Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio were asked about their use of disinfectants to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in schools. Survey participants (n = 1,555) reported frequent use of disinfectants, often using unknown products, and were provided little to no training on safe and effective use. Participant concerns included student involvement in disinfection, inadequate ventilation, surface contact time, and potential health effects.

Keywords: COVID-19; Health; Occupation; Student; Teacher.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19*
  • Disinfectants*
  • Disinfection
  • Humans
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Schools


  • Disinfectants