Coronavirus is a hot topic at the moment. Most Coronaviruses are not dangerous and are a type of common virus that causes an infection in your sinuses, nose, or throat – such as a common cold.
Although Coronaviruses themselves are not new, the recent outbreak of the 2019 -nCoV strain has seen almost every country across the globe putting measures into place to manage and control the spread of this potentially deadly virus strain.
But what can we all do on a smaller level? How can businesses and government facilities help to prevent the spread of the virus?
Read on to find out more about Coronavirus and how you can help prevent the spread of this and other viruses.
Information on Coronavirus.
According to the CDC’s website:
“2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus (more specifically, a Coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. Early on, many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, a growing number of patients reportedly have not had exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread is occurring. At this time, it’s unclear how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading between people. The latest situation summary updates are available on CDC’s web page 2019 Novel Coronavirus, Wuhan, China”.
The symptoms of Coronavirus are very similar to the flu. You may experience a runny nose, cough, headache, sore throat, fever, or feel generally unwell. Although it’s too early to have a lot of detail about this new Coronavirus, experts suggest that the flu is still a potentially more real and present threat in the US than Coronavirus.
However, taking steps to stop the spread of Coronavirus has the added benefit of also preventing the transmission of many other viruses including influenza, so it makes sense to take preventative steps as soon as possible.
How are Coronaviruses spread?
The most common way that all Coronaviruses are transmitted is airborne, via sneezing and coughing. The second most common way they are spread is from being in close contact with an infected person. For example, shaking hands. It’s also possible for Coronavirus to be transmitted through touching a contaminated surface and then touching your eyes, ears, nose, or mouth.
Coronavirus can potentially be transmitted from an infected person even before symptoms start to show. Which is why it makes sense to implement good cleaning and hygiene practices now, before the virus spreads further.
What guidance does the CDC give on preventing the spread of Coronavirus?
• Hand Washing and Hygiene – Since Coronavirus infections are primarily spread through person-to-person contact, hand hygiene is key to preventing transmission. Displaying information about proper hand hygiene in restrooms and kitchen areas can encourage people to maintain good hand hygiene.
• Environmental Cleaning – Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces regularly helps to prevent the build-up and potential transmission of pathogens like Coronavirus. In combination with proper hand hygiene, this can reduce the ability of the virus to spread. Cleaning and disinfecting high-traffic areas, desks, and other surfaces regularly is crucial if you want to halt the transmission of viruses and bacteria. It’s essential to understand the difference between cleaning and disinfecting. Cleaning alone won’t reduce the risk of Coronavirus and other infections being transmitted.
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