Coronaviruses Prevention is better than Cure
Whilst there is nothing new about the concept of prevention being better than cure- in the wake of the new coronavirus emanating from China –it has high-lighted how quickly a virus can spread. Whilst we are still learning about this latest novel coronavirus, temporarily named 2019-nCoV, which was identified in China at the end of 2019, we can all try to prevent the future spread of more common viruses and diseases.
What are coronaviruses?
Coronaviruses were identified in the mid-60s and are known to infect humans and a variety of animals (including birds and mammals). This family of viruses are known to cause illness in humans ranging from the common cold to more severe or even fatal diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute
Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
Ways in which viruses are spread
Many viruses and bacteria infect people only when they enter the nose or mouth. People with diseases transmitted via the fecal-oral route can spread the disease to nearby objects or food if they don’t wash their hands well after using the toilet. Airborne illnesses spread through droplets in the air, which land on nearby objects. Touching an infected object transmits germs to your hands; touching your nose or mouth with your unwashed hand infects you with the virus or bacteria.
Preventing spread of infection
There are general principles you can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- If you feel unwell, stay at home, do not attend work or school
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home and work environment
- If you are worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment
To effectively wash your hands
- Wet your hands and wrists, then apply soap.
- Rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds so the soap gets bubbly.
- Remove rings or scrub under them.
- If your fingernails are dirty, use a scrub brush.
- Rinse your hands clean with running water.
- Dry your hands with a clean paper towel.
- Do not touch the sink and faucets after you wash your hands. Use the paper towel to turn off the faucet and open the door.
Here’s an option for cleaning your hands
- Use an alcohol-based hand cleaner (sanitizer). These products work if your hands aren’t visibly soiled.
- Take about a dime-size dollop in your hand.
- Rub your hands together covering all hand surfaces front and back.
- Rub your hands until they’re dry.
As a commercial cleaning company we help businesses, schools and doctor’s surgeries to ensure their workplace is free from germs and as hygienic as is possible
by using high quality anti -bacterial products on all areas frequented by their people. For the health of your workplace and your family- for the old adage of prevention is better than cure to apply, we all need to comply with these simple rules.
For great cleaning advice visit www.lawrencecleaning.co.uk – or ring 01902 663727
Lawrence Cleaning Solutions Ltd are a commercial cleaning company based in Dudley and delivering high quality cleaning services to businesses throughout the Black Country and West Midlands area