The Coronavirus pandemic is evolving day by day, one piece of news can become old and outdated in a matter of hours – we understand the uncertainty around it all can cause a tremendous amount of anxiety. It’s incredibly important that everyone does their bit so the country can pull through as one, whether that be by helping those most vulnerable or self-isolating.
Another vitally important part is to not share information that isn’t factual or correct, which can cause unnecessary panic. We’ve decided to put together a small blog (with the full document available to download on request) where we take a look at the most important facts about COVID-19.
What is it?
The Coronavirus is part of a family of viruses known as Coronaviridae, common in animals which can sometimes, as with the current outbreak, be transmitted to humans. They are named for their crown-like spikes on the surface (corona is Latin for crown). Scientists believe the virus uses the “spikes” to enter the cells, which in turn delays the immune system’s response.
How is it transmitted?
According to the NHS, because it’s a new illness, nobody can be 100% certain how COVID-19 spreads from person to person. The World Health Organisation (WHO) tells us the most likely way the virus moves from person to person is via respiratory droplets, direct contact with infected individuals and contact with contaminated surfaces and objects.
How long can the Coronavirus survive on a surface?
There’s still an awful lot to learn about COVID-19. With that said, an article published on February 6th in The Journal of Hospital Infection, stated that in a study, Coronaviruses may survive on surfaces for up to nine days.
Environmental cleaning options
Now we know the virus could potentially survive for up to nine days, the areas potentially contaminated should be cleaned before their reuse. Using products that contain antimicrobial agents are known to be effective against coronaviruses. Cleaning with water and household detergents, as well as common disinfectant products should be sufficient for general precautionary cleaning and sanitising.
In order to fully disinfect an area, we recommend the use of Sodium Hypochlorite at a rate of 0.1% ensuring a contact time of at least 5 minutes. Tests carried out using SARS-CoV showed that sodium hypochlorite is effective at a concentration of 0.05 and 0.1% after five minutes when it is mixed to a solution containing SARS-CoV. There is however no direct data on the effectiveness on SARS-CoV-2 due to it being discovered so recently.
For more details on the cleaning approaches, we recommend downloading our full COVID-19 PDF, where you’ll also be able to learn how Alfresco Group can help tackle the outbreak.
We are still open for business and are able to offer a no-contact service, so if you’re self-isolating, you won’t have to worry about coming into contact with our workers.
Please do get in touch if you’d like the full PDF, or to talk about how we can help clean and sanitise different surfaces at your home or place of work.