With the recent outbreak of the coronavirus being seen across our news headlines, there is fear that a number of cases within Wales and the UK will spread and increase.
To help prevent further spread of the virus the World Health Organisation (W.H.O) and National Health Service (NHS) have issued guidance on how to prevent the spread and infection of the coronavirus.
So, what is the coronavirus?
The Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) also known as ‘Wuhan Virus’ is a new strain of viruses that can cause a range of illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe illnesses such as pneumonia. The coronavirus has a long incubation period of 5-6 days and can be transmitted by large respiratory droplets (coughs and sneezes) or indirect contact with infected secretion (touching infected objects, surfaces and people).
How can it be prevented?
Even though there are a number of cases across the globe, the virus can be easily killed with a wide range of disinfectants. Alongside disinfectants, using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), good infection control and prevention are effective at minimising risk.
To prevent yourself from contracting or potentially transmitting the coronavirus, wash your hands frequently and thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water (if you don’t know who long to wash your hands sing the ‘Happy Birthday’ song from start to finish twice). If you are handling food, make sure to sanitise your hands before and after with anti-bacterial sanitisers. If you sneeze or cough, make sure to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, double bag the tissue and dispose of it accordingly.
For either at home or at work, clean and sanitise frequently touched surfaces with disinfectants
- Light switches
- Taps and flush levers
- Remote controls
- Telephones and computers
- Door handles, handrails
- Other surfaces as needed
What if I have the Coronavirus?
If you feel that you or another person have contracted the coronavirus call the NHS helpline 111 or consult with a medical professional (DO NOT GOT YOUR GP, SURGERY, PHARMACY OR HOSPITAL) It is important to self-isolate if you or anyone else have tested positive for the coronavirus.
This means that you should:
- Stay Home
- Not go to work
- Not use public transport or taxis
- Ask friends, relatives or delivery services to do errands for you and to leave parcels outside of your house.
- Try to avoid visitors to your home.
Note you may need to self-isolate for up to 14 days to help prevent the spread of infection
To see further guidelines on how to prevent the coronavirus from spreading visit the NHS website here
We know that viruses such as the Coronavirus can be a massive hit to businesses – affecting staff morale and business productivity. To help control viruses from spreading we use colour coded cloths and equipment – minimising the potential of cross-contamination between surfaces. Alongside our colour-coded equipment, we use industry approved products that are proven to kill 99.99% of viruses including MRSA, E.Coli, Norovirus and Cold & Flu.
If you are concerned and would like to protect your business from the coronavirus speak to us about our infection control services on 01656 713950