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To all Facility Owners and Managers,
There’s been a lot of news regarding the 2019-nCoV outbreak, and We at Morgan Janitorial Products want to provide you with a summary of information to help you prevent the spread of illness in your facility.
How to Protect Your Facility From 2019 Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)
[Updated: March 6, 2020]
There’s been a lot of attention around the recent emergence of a new coronavirus (2019-nCoV). While the majority of the cases are in China, 2019 Novel Coronavirus is now prevalent in the U.S.
While cases in the U.S. remain comparatively low, WHO and CDC expect more confirmed cases.
In this article, we’ll go over the basic facts about 2019 Novel Coronavirus, how to protect your facility and guests, and provide a list of products that our manufacturers have listed as meeting the guidelines of the CDC for use against viruses similar to SARS-CoV-2 on hard, non-porous surfaces, and thus can be used against SARS-CoV-2 when used in accordance with disinfection directions.
What is 2019 Novel Coronavirus?
2019 Novel Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV for short, is the virus that is causing an outbreak of the respiratory illness (COVID-19) that was first detected in China, but has now been detected in 60 countries internationally.
As of February 11th, 2020, the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) has released the official name for 2019 Novel Coronarius as “severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2” (SARS-CoV-2).
The CDC’s current knowledge of this virus is based on what is known about similar coronaviruses because this is so new.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that include Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). As stated by the World Health Organization, “novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.”
SARS-CoV-2 causes COVID-19, a mild to severe respiratory illness.
Symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, respiratory symptoms, and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, kidney failure and death.
Pro Tip: In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease
How is COVID-19 Transmitted?
Similar to cold and flu viruses, the emerging coronavirus disease is thought to spread from person-to-person via respiratory droplets or when an infected individual coughs or sneezes.
According to the CDC, it is still unknown if a person can actually get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.
People are thought to be most contagious when they are symptomatic (showing signs of illness), however, there have been cases of infected individuals with no symptoms spreading the illness to others when in close contact.
Elderly, those with underlying health issues, and people who have recently traveled to China are most at risk.
How to Prevent The Spread of SARS-CoV-2 in Your Facility?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease. The best method of prevention is reducing the spread of germs.
Best practices to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in your facility include:
Follow Proper Handwashing Procedures
Hand hygiene is one of the most important ways to prevent the spread of illness and to avoid getting sick.
Encourage proper handwashing procedures. Occupants should scrub their hands with soap for at least 20 seconds before rinsing with running water.
Remind building occupants to wash their hands carefully and frequently especially:
Have Hand Sanitizer Accessible
When water and soap are not available or there is limited access, hand sanitizers can play an integral role in hand hygiene.
Provide occupants with alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol, to kill and prevent the spread of germs.
Hand sanitizer can also be used when an individual has come into contact with a high-touch surface, like a doorknob, phone, or lightswitch, and it is not practical to wash their hands repeatedly.
Provide Occupants with Facial Tissue
Spreading through aerosolized droplets, it is important to encourage building occupants to cough or sneeze into a facial tissue and dispose of it right away.
If a facial tissue isn’t available, encourage people to cough or sneeze into the bend of their elbow to prevent the spread of droplets.
Avoid Close Contact with People who are Sick
Spreading from person-to-person, transmission occurs among close contact or when individuals come in contact with an infected person who is within 6 feet.
If someone is showing signs of illness, like coughing, keep a measurable distance to reduce the chance of germs spreading.
Encourage Sick Individuals to Stay Home if Showing Symptoms
Prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2 or any other illness by encouraging individuals to stay home from work or school when they are experiencing symptoms.