Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus
Coronavirus is dominating the news at the moment as the disease spreads around the world, with terrifying headlines being written every day, panic and confusion increasing as the problem shows no signs of abating.
While the experts work to contain and eventually eliminate the virus, there are a few things that we can do ourselves to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
The above image has been taken from Jangro’s latest news post.
What is Coronavirus?
There are actually several Coronaviruses that are common around the world – one such Coronavirus causes the common cold. This particular type of the virus is the ‘Wuhan novel Coronavirus’- named as such because it was first discovered in China’s Wuhan City. It is also known as COVID-19.
It hasn’t been seen before in humans, but it can lead to acute respiratory problems which can be fatal for older people and those with long-standing conditions like lung disease and cancer.
What are the symptoms?
If you have recently returned from any of the following areas:
- Hebei Province
- Hong Kong
- Republic of Korea
There are several symptoms that you need to look out for. They are:
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Breathing difficulties
- High temperature
If you notice these symptoms in yourself, you should self-isolate; stay indoors away from others. Call 111 to let them know and also inform them if you have been to Wuhan in the last 14 days.
While the specifics aren’t known for this particular strain, similar viruses are spread through cough droplets. There’s a very minimal risk of you catching the illness if you haven’t been in contact with someone with Coronavirus or someone who has been at risk of it.
How to prevent the spread of Coronavirus
Take a look at 8 standard methods for preventing the spread of illnesses also apply to Coronavirus:
1 – Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly. Use an alcohol-based hand soap
2 – Cover your mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and then throw the tissue away
3 – Avoid close contact with those who are unwell
4 – If visiting areas that are currently affected by the Wuhan novel Coronavirus, avoid contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals
5 – Avoid the consumption of raw animal products
6 – Avoid using public transport for 14 days after arriving home from Wuhan if you are experiencing any of the aforementioned symptoms
7 – Stay at home for 14 days after returning from Wuhan, and avoid public places
8 – Call 111 and inform them of your recent travel
Above are the precautions to follow to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus. While the risk to the UK is lower than other countries, it has been upgraded to ‘moderate’ recently, so it is absolutely worth exercising caution.
How to wash your hands properly
Jangro have produced a good guide on how to wash your hand properly, see an image of it below, or visit their website to get a poster for your office or workplace.
If you have concerns about the effect of coronavirus on your workplace, consider a deep clean from the professionals at JMS Cleaning to eliminate the risks of cross contamination. We’re experts in commercial cleaning with over 20 years of experience in school cleans, deep cleans and contract cleaning in Manchester, Cheshire, Crewe, Bolton, Bury and the surrounding areas.