Recent months have seen the alarming emergence of a new virus affecting people around the globe and with it panic to get hand sanitiser gels & protective clothing, crashing markets, restricted movement, closed school & public facilities etc . We are now all familiar with the coronavirus, or COVID-19 as this strain is called.
Coronavirus causes an illness with symptoms including a cough, high temperature and shortness of breath in severe cases. In the majority of cases the illness caused will be self limiting like seasonal flu, but a small number will have severe complications, mostly pneumonia.
The UK is now seeing a growing number of cases. The government have delivered their coronavirus action plan, which focuses on a 4 stage phased response to an outbreak of the virus. Their current priority are the containment and research phases.
Winter is the time of year when we expect seasonal illnesses such as flu, as well as milder coughs and colds. We’ve blogged recently about the importance of hand hygiene in the workplace, and tackling germ hotspots in the office – hot topics especially in the colder months.
Now that coronavirus has hit our headlines, this has become a priority more than ever before.
What can we do to prevent the spread of germs?
The single MOST important piece of advice being stressed to the general public, is the importance of handwashing.
The WHO advice to the public lists this as the number one thing you can do to protect yourself and others.
They advise to wash hands with an alcohol based hand rub or soap and water. This kills viruses that may be on your hands. Also, for the hand sanitiser rub to work effectively clean your hands first and apply the alcohol hand gel as soiled hands can inhibit the effects as it may act as a barrier.
A simple reminder is to wash your hands for as long as it takes to sing ‘happy birthday’ twice.
Other advice includes ‘good respiratory hygiene’, for example covering your mouth and nose with your sleeve or a tissue when you cough or sneeze, to avoid spreading droplets which spread virus. The ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ advice has long been emphasised in relation to colds and flu, and coronavirus is no different.
Much of what we can do to prevent the spread of germs is not new, it’s what we should always be doing as a matter of routine. We can help protect ourselves and others with simple actions, and simple products like hand sanitiser gels can go along way into controling the spread of pathogens.
We sell Evans Vanodine cleaning and sanitising products, including Evans Handsan alcohol hand rub and you can purchase from a single bottle to bulk quantities, if you need to protect a whole workforce. From small bottles with clothing clips, to 5 litre quantities, we’ve got it covered.
Handwashes are available too; we also antibacterial surface wipes and tissues. If you are struggling to get hygiene supplies from your local store please visit this website and get them delivered directly to you. www.loorolls.com