08 May. 20

What can people do to prevent the coronavirus?

covid-19 or coronavirus facts you should know to prevent infection

COVID-19 eradication using disinfectants is enough to break the fragile wrapper outside the virus-cell, rendering them useless. COVID-19 can survive on metal, glass, or plastic surfaces for 2 to 9 days. 

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a new respiratory virus that causes acute respiratory infections in humans and shows a human-to-human spread. The virus was identified in an outbreak investigation that originated in a market that sells seafood and animals in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

COVID-19 is an unknown virus that has not been previously identified. There are six other coronavirus strains known today that have the potential to infect humans.

Transmission

The symptoms can be fever, cough, and dyspnea. The incubation period for COVID-19 is currently estimated to be between 2 and 14 days after exposure. 

At this stage, we know that the virus can be transmitted when infected people have symptoms (like the flu). However, there is still uncertainty about whether mild or asymptomatic cases can transmit the virus.

By onset, COVID-19 can develop severe pneumonia, progressive respiratory failure, and death, especially in people with chronic illness, immunodeficiency.

The main route of transmission of COVID-19 from person to person is through droplets sprayed from the mouth or nose when we cough, sneeze, laugh, write, breathe and talk.

People who contact patients within 2m are at a high risk of infection. Also, the virus can be spread indirectly by touching objects and then touching their mouth, nose, and eyes. 

The incubation period for COVID-19 is currently estimated to be between 2 and 14 days after exposure. 

What can people do to avoid getting infected by the coronavirus?

  • Limit direct contact with people with acute respiratory illness (fever, cough, shortness of breath); when necessary, wear a proper medical mask and keep over 2 meters away when in contact.
  • People with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath should not travel to crowd places. Immediately notify the health authorities of the above symptoms.
  • Wash your hands often with soap, and clean water for at least 30 seconds. In the absence of soap and clean water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; gargling mouth and throat with saltwater or mouthwash, avoiding touching hands, eyes, nose, mouth to prevent infection.
  • When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose, preferably with a cloth or handkerchief, or a sleeve. This can limit the spread of respiratory secretions. Do not spit indiscriminately in public.
  • Only use cooked food.
  • Limit going to public places. If you go there, you need to apply personal protective measures such as using masks, dry hand washes.
  • Avoid trading, touching pets or wild animals.
  • Keep your body warm, improve health by exercise and nutritious food. 
  • Enhance the ventilation of the housing area by opening doors and windows, limiting the use of air conditioners. Clean floors, doorknobs and surfaces of household objects. 

Why it’s a serious matter in Sydney

Australia currently records 1,051 cases of COVID-19, including seven deaths, most of which are in New South Wales (436 cases and six deaths).

On the morning of March 21, New South Wales state officials reported an additional 83 recent cases of COVID-19 infection, – this is the highest level of cases detected per day.’

New South Wales state health agency urges people to obey travel restrictions and keep a safe distance, enact a ban on travel to Lord Howe Island – one of the state’s farthest islands; officially closed Bondi beach – one of the famous tourist destinations in the world.

Nearly 3,800 passengers and crew on the Ruby Princess yacht, docked in Sydney on March 19, also voluntarily quarantined, after 4 travellers on the cruise ship gave positive results with COVID-19. In Victoria, Australia’s second-most populous state announced 51 more cases in the morning, bringing the total number of people infected to 229. Queensland, meanwhile, reported 37 new infections, bringing the total to 221. 

Home disinfection and office disinfection

regular hand washing to prevent coronavirus infection

Research shows that coronavirus can be deactivated in just a minute by disinfecting surfaces with alcohol concentration between 62%-71% or 0.5% hydrogen peroxide bleach or household bleach containing 0.1% sodium hypochlorite. Higher temperatures and humidity also cause other coronaviruses to die faster.

To clean and disinfect COVID-19, we need to follow the seven guidelines below:

  1. Disinfect with a regular detergent such as multi-purpose cleaning spray bottle or mixed domestic toilet cleaning solution (containing about 5% sodium hypochlorite) in a ratio of 10ml of cleaning solution to 1 litre of water or a solution containing 0.05% active chlorine. 
  2. Prioritise disinfection by cleaning. Use rubber gloves and masks when cleaning and disinfecting.
  3. Surfaces cleaned with soap and water before disinfection.
  4. Disinfect at least daily for locations of floors, walls, tables, chairs, objects, surfaces at risk of contact and toilets.
  5. Disinfect at least twice a day for places with frequent touching such as doorknobs, stair handrails, handrails, elevator buttons, electric switches, computer keyboards, conditioners, remote control, shared phones. Turn off electronics, light switches before disinfecting.
  6. Arrange enough garbage bins with lids.
  7. Collect and dispose waste regularly according to regulations.

Many disinfectants will kill Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA or Golden Staph), Pseudomonas aeruginosa, E Coli, Enterococcus Faecalis (VRE), Acinetobacter, Acetobacter, Salmonella choleraesuis and Proteus Vulgaris.

How can we help prevent the spread of the coronavirus?

Our team offers anti-microbial cold fogging using a hospital-grade disinfectant. You can book our home, office or commercial property disinfection anywhere in Sydney.

Why should you book us?

  • Fully-trained specialists
  • Approved by the Department of Health to conduct infection control
  • Flexible schedule (Off-hours spraying)
  • Thorough and fast cold fogging

For a FREE consultation, call (02) 8007 4666!