From the Desk of Scott Smith, Co-Creator of Truth About Germs…

COVID-19 is very personal to me, as my daughter, a front-line worker, was infected at a Cape Cod Nursing Home, along with at least 25 other front-line workers as covered in the Cape Cod Times.  She was lucky, but, to date, at least 20 residents at the Cape Cod Nursing Home have died due to COVID-19. I indirectly witnessed the pain and agony that these families went through, and it has had a profound effect on me.

Despite having N95 masks and full PPE gear, my daughter, along with many front-line workers in the health care field have been and continue to be infected with COVID-19.  This suggests that we need more research and investigation into the transmission of COVID-19 via surfaces.  Especially in light of the information I have gathered, simple logic suggests that SARS-CoV-2 droplets end up on surfaces and may have infected residents and front-line workers at Nursing Homes and other places. 

I work in the Environmental business in early detection/remediation of oil/chemical contamination, toxic algae blooms, and Legionella in buildings.  I regularly collaborate with scientists that are subject matter experts.  I am now on a mission to educate the public with what I have learned about COVID-19 and disinfection of surfaces.  I have been in communication with various experts as to Surface Disinfection, Air Flow and how Droplets end up on Surfaces, and the FIFRA Law.

I was shocked to learn from subject matter disinfectant experts that paper towels and cotton rags actually deactivate disinfectants and cause surface disinfection failure.

Also, I found out that it is actually a violation of Federal Law (FIFRA) if surfaces, especially at pubic establishments (nursing homes, grocery stores, schools, gyms, restaurants, salons, etc.), are not disinfected properly by following the required contact time (typically 8-10 minutes) for the disinfectant to kill pathogens like the Coronavirus, and other instructions on the EPA-Registered Label.

Additionally, I am familiar with Legionella and transmission of Legionella via cooling towers and air handling equipment in my work with the United Association Union of Plumbers, Fitters, and Service Techs with a background video here:  – I have also reached out to many of the experts I have worked with over the last few years related to transmission of pathogens and ventilation systems to get input on airborne and surface transmission of Coronavirus.

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On August 9, 2020 the interview I did with Cape Cod Broadcasting’s Sunday Journal aired. It was about how my daughter and other front-line workers were infected with COVID-19 despite wearing full PPE, and how that led me to discover that all of us may be overlooking the problem of surface transmission. You can listen to the interview here:

On August 14, 2020 the second segment of the interview I did with Cape Cod Broadcasting’s Sunday Journal aired.  It focused on my work in detection/remediation of toxic algae blooms along with why COVID-19 and all my work is personal to me.  You can listen to the interview here:

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