Background Information on COVID-19
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What is Coronavirus?
Coronavirus is a family of viruses commonly known for causing poor respiratory function and illness. COVID-19 is a new virus in the Coronavirus family.
As a respiratory virus, it spreads through droplets, and as such can quickly be spread via coughing, sneezing, and contact with surfaces.
As such, it is easily spread in a working environment through socialising, handling of technology, paperwork and through touching surfaces like light switches or door handles.
This means it is very important that workspaces are kept clean, and hygiene is made a priority. The virus will have minimal chance of surface exposure if spaces are disinfected & hands are sanitised frequently. General hygiene practices remain critical, such as sneezing or coughing into your elbow.
The length of time the virus exists on a surface or in a space can vary, so it is important to clean in accordance with the environment. A PDF document can be found below outlining research conducted on the Coronavirus family and will most closely allow you to estimate surface persistence times for the COVID-19 strain.
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Free COVID-19 Swipe Files
COVID-19 Preventative Cleaning Action Plan
A PDF document outlining in detail how your environment can be most effectively cleaned to mitigate risk if a COVID-19 outbreak.
COVID-19 Reactive Cleaning Action Plan
A PDF document outlining in detail how to clean an environment most effectively after a COVID-19 hit has been identified.
Coronavirus Surface Persistence Times
A PDF document outlining the duration in which Coronavirus can stay alive on certain surfaces. The Study was conducted by the Journal of Hospital Infections and is part of the Healthcare Infection Society.
COVID-19 Environmental Cleaning & Disinfection Principles
A PDF by the department of health. Cleaning is an essential part of disinfection. Organic matter can inactivate many disinfectants. Removal of germs such as the virus that causes COVID-19 requires thorough cleaning followed by disinfection.
List Of Effective Disinfectants Against SARS-CoV-2
A PDF document outlining put together by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) outlining all appropriate virucidal disinfectants. Cross check that your disinfectant is virucidal.
Handbook On Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
A PDF by the Occupational Health & Safety Act (OSHA) outlining all the steps an employer can take to reduce workers risk of Exposure to SARS-CoV-2.
Webinar - Cleaning workplaces to minimize the impact of COVID-19
Additional Useful Resources
- Government COVID-19 Resource Page
- Center For Disease Control & Prevention - How businesses should plan, prepare and respond to COVID-19
- Maritime COVID-19 Control Resources
- CDC Quarantine & Isolation Resources
Primary Information Links:
- COVID-19 Fighting Chemicals
- World Health Organisation Q&A Page
- NCBI Academic Research
- Coronavirus infection tracker - John Hopkins Map
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