In the words of Delphis Eco CEO, Mark Jankovich, “The World Health Organisation has declared the virus ‘public enemy number one’.
“People are worried, businesses are worried, and hotels and restaurants are taking the situation very seriously. Whilst the evidence seen so far indicates that the coronavirus spreads through close contact with individuals who are infected, personal hygiene is at the forefront of peoples’ minds who want to take precautionary measures. Anti-Bacterial Hand Soap, and good hand hygiene, are key to this.”
In recent months, the Coronavirus has spread and continues to infect people globally. Curious as to what the Coronavirus is and what the symptoms are? Want to know how to sustainably prevent the spread of Coronavirus and stay healthy? Read on.
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What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
According to the World Health Organisation, Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases, such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).
The new coronavirus, now called COVID-19, had not previously been detected before the outbreak was reported in Wuhan, China in December 2019.
Health officials in China have published the first details of more than 44,000 cases of the coronavirus in the biggest study since the outbreak began. China’s latest official figures, released on 18th February, show that more than 12,000 people have recovered. The study found that 80.9% of infections are mild, 13.8% severe and only 4.7% critical. It is suggested that the sick and elderly are at the greatest risk. The number of deaths among those infected remains low and the study put the overall death toll at 1,868 with 72,436 total infections.
In The UK
As of 19th February 2020, the UK has tested a total of 5,216 people for the coronavirus. Nine patients have so far tested positive for the virus. The remaining 5,207 tests have all come back negative. Fortunately, there have been no deaths as a result of coronavirus within the UK.
What Are The Coronavirus Symptoms?
Common signs of infection include:
● Shortness of breath
Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
If you are concerned about symptoms of coronavirus, then please consult the government’s latest information and advice on GOV.UK.
How Does The Coronavirus Spread?
How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious, while other viruses are less so.
The specific virus that causes the coronavirus (COVID-19) seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the Hubei province and other parts of China. Interestingly enough, in other parts of the world, including the United Kingdom, spread from person-to-person has occurred only among a few close contacts and has not spread any further to date. Current understanding about how the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) spreads is largely based on what is known about similar coronaviruses. According to the United States’ Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, ie:
● Between people who are in close contact with one another (within approximately two metres)
● Via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes
● These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby, or possibly inhaled into the lungs.
It may be possible that a person can get the coronavirus (COVID-19) by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes.
How Do I Prevent And Treat Coronavirus Sustainably?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent the coronavirus (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed.
Everyday preventative actions include:
● Avoid close contact with people who are ill
● Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
● Stay home when you are ill
● Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the bin
● Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using Delphis Eco naturally powerful Anti-Bacterial Kitchen Sanitiser.
Five Top Tips for Sustainably Keeping Your Home Coronavirus Free
1. Focus your efforts on cleaning areas in the house where germs are more likely to spread, such as the kitchen and toilet. Use Anti-Bacterial Sanitiser or Anti-Bacterial Kitchen Sanitiser to kill the germs, and use hot water to wipe the products off surfaces after spraying.
2. Make sure you dry surfaces ,such as worktops and chopping boards, thoroughly after cleaning. Dampness helps any remaining germs to survive and, if there’s enough water, multiply.
3. You should clean germ hotspots on a regular basis after use, rather than the customary once-a-week deep clean.
4. Cleaning aids, such as cloths or mops, must be germ-free or they’ll spread germs to other surfaces. Reusable cloths should be disinfected or washed at 60°C (140F) after each use. Mops and buckets should be cleaned and dried after each use.
5. Ensure food-preparation surfaces are clean before use. Use separate chopping boards for uncooked food – such as raw meat – and food that doesn’t need cooking, like salad leaves. Always wash and dry your hands after handling foods such as raw meat.
Why Should I Care about Coronavirus?
On 30th January 2020, a public health emergency of international concern was declared by the World Health Organisation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). Outbreaks of new virus infections among people are always of public health concern. The risk from these outbreaks depends on characteristics of the virus, including how well it spreads between people, the severity of resulting illness, and the measures available to control the impact of the virus (for example, vaccine or treatment medications). The potential public health threat posed by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is high, both globally and nationally. It’s unclear how the situation will unfold, but risk is dependent on exposure. While there is growing panic regarding the spread of the coronavirus, the fact of the matter is that the general public is unlikely to be exposed to the virus. Thus, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low at this time. Despite the risk of this new virus to the public being low, everyone can do their part to help respond to this emerging public health threat by following the preventative measures listed above. Do your part to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy. Using Delphis Eco’s sustainable cleaning products throughout your home will protect you, your family and the planet.