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Stopping Viruses Like Coronavirus In It’s Tracks

There are some things we can do to prevent the risk of viruses like this from spreading… 

What Is The Coronavirus? 

The virus Coronavirus is a desease found in mammals and birds which causes flu like symptoms in people, similar to the common cold that causes pneumonia (Gov.uk, 2020). Coronavirus (CoV) is actually a large group of viruses, so there are various types. The one that stems from Wuhan, China, is a new type but previously identified Coronaviruses include SARS-CoV and MERS-Cov.

How Does Coronavirus Spread?

Similar to that of other flu’s, Coronavirus can spread from person to person interaction (Gov.uk, 2020).

Are We At Risk In The UK?

The UK have announced that there is a serious and imminent threat to the public with the Coronavirus outbreak. You can keep up-to-date with the latest information here: The Governments and Public Health England’s Blog: Wuhan novel coronavirus: what you need to know (Gov.uk, 2020).

According to the BBC News: “Prof Chris Whitty, chief medical officer for England said: “The NHS is extremely well-prepared and used to managing infections and we are already working rapidly to identify any contacts the patients had, to prevent further spread.”

“We have been preparing for UK cases of novel coronavirus and we have robust infection control measures in place to respond immediately,” he added.” (BBC News, 2020) 

There is no reason for people within the UK to be worried at this time as the situation is being closely monitored, however good hand hygiene practice and disinfecting high footfall and high risk areas such as toilets is, as always, recommended, especially around this time of year when flu transmission is high such as Nourovirus in schools! These measures can help reduce the spread of viruses from person-to-person and surface-to-person.

What Can I Do To Protect Myself And Others?

Whilst the UK’s risk level to the Coronavirus is moderate, you should treat the Coronavirus as you would any other type of virus such as Nourovirus which has seen 60 schools close this winter already!

Corononavirus is an enveloped virus which are fairly easy to kill so any disinfectant that has even a limited amount of virucidal efficacy against the Vaccinia virus (EN 14476+A1) as well as previous Coronaviruses will likely be effective against the new Coronavirus too! In fact, many of our disinfectants achieve this!

You might have noticed a couple of cleaners in the shop stating on the back of their bottle that they kill Coronavirus. You should be aware, these products have not been tested on the current new Coronavirus from Wuhan City, China. Due to their being no commercial lab samples available of the new Coronavirus, no one at this time can guarantee that any product will kill the virus without the testing available. Our recommendations on how to stop a virus like the Coronvrius from spreading is simply based on research of similar viruses in the same Coronavirus family. Lab samples for commercial testing will likely not be available for a few weeks or longer however, given other test data, we can reasonably expect these to work effectively as they have proven efficiency against other enveloped viruses and EN 14476+A1.

Here’s some of our recommended disinfectants which are proven to be effective at killing enveloped viruses like Coronaviruses… 

Surface disinfectant/sanitiser liquids:

Surface wipes:

Here’s some of our recommended hand washes which are proven to be effective at killing enveloped viruses like Coronaviruses… 

Having good hand hygiene is always important too! Hand washing wish soap and water is highly recommend and will be the most effective at killing viruses. Choose a hand sanitiser you can trust! Here’s some of our recommended one’s, proven to kill the common Nourovirus…

Bulk Hand Wash Dispensers and coordinating dispensing machines:

Hand Washes With A Pump:

Have these readily available for everyone to use in high footfall and critical areas such as toilets!

Pocket Sized Hand Sanitisers:

We recommend carrying small hand sanitizers around with you to use regularly and ensuring you also have them easily and readily available for everyone to use in high footfall and critical areas such as toilets!

Make sure your washing your hands correctly and maybe event print out this guide by Diversey for your visitors to see too!

Diversey Outbreak Prevention: How To Wash Your Hands

Using electric hand dryers are actually proven to spread more germs! In fact, one study suggests that using an electric air hand dryer for just 10 seconds actually leaves you with my bacteria on your hands than if you didn’t dry them at all! We always recommend you dry your hands after washing as wet hands are more likely to spread bacteria, but we’d always recommend using paper towels! Make sure you have paper hand towels available by your hand soap next to sinks for people to use!

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For the latest updates on the Coronavirus in the UK please visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public 

For advise in disinfecting and hand hygiene, give our friendly team a call on 0117 934 1270 or email us at hello@Pattersons.co.uk!

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