What is COVID-19
SARS-CoV-2 is a newly discovered member of the Coronavirus family which causes a number of well-known illnesses. These illnesses range in severity from the common cold to MERS and SARS. SARS-CoV-2 was discovered as a new strain in December of 2019 in Wuhan, China after numerous people were found to be suffering from pneumonia. The disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 has been named COVID-19. The World Health Organization chose a deliberately neutral name to avoid the stigmatization of specific groups of people and regions.
As more cases of asymptomatic carriers are identified, it’s important to remember that you may not experience any of these symptoms and still have COVID-19. However, the vast majority of infected individuals exhibit symptoms.
How is it Spread?
COVID-19 is spread through droplet transfer between people or between a person and an infected surface. These droplets are produced when an infected person sneezes and the droplets land in the mouth or nose of someone nearby.
- Droplets from sneezing or coughing can travel up to 6 ft.
- COVID-19 can last on surfaces for up to 72 hours but surface-to-person contact is not as common as person-to-person
How to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
Social distancing is an infection control tactic which means staying at least 2 meters away from other people. You can do this by working from home, avoiding public gathering, or practicing self-isolation.
Washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds anytime you come into contact with common surfaces and other people. Hand sanitizers should only be used if you are unable to wash your hands.
Coughing and sneezing should always be into the inside of your arm and not into your hands. If coughing/sneezing into a tissue discard it right away and wash your hands immediately afterwards.
See a Doctor
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above- specifically if you are experiencing trouble breathing or shortness of breath- go see a medical professional and get yourself tested.
Canada and US Case Update
This information is valid as of March 20, 2020.
The majority of Canadian cases are located in Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia and Alberta.
Total Cases: 846
British Columbia: 271
The majority of American cases are located in New York, Washington, California and New Jersey.
Total Cases: 16, 058
New York: 7, 102
Washington: 1, 377
California: 1, 067
New Jersey: 742
Minimize the Spread of COVID-19: Workplace Tips
Promote Proper Hand and Respiratory Etiquette
Ensure that you are promoting proper hand and respiratory etiquette to all of your staff. You can do so through information sessions or signage. Workplaces should also remind staff to stay home if they are sick.
Automatic Soap & Sanitizer Dispensers
Ensure all soap dispensers are full and place sanitizer dispensers at every entrance. If possible, opt for automatic dispensers as they reduce surface-to-person transmission.
Regularly Disinfect Common Surfaces
Regularly wipe down common surfaces and supplies with disinfectant to prevent surface-to-person transmission. This includes keyboards, desks, staplers, and other common items.
Work From Home
If possible, implement a Work From Home Policy to promote social distancing in the workplace. This is the most effective way to contain the virus and keep people healthier.
Disinfecting your entire office using an electrostatic sprayer is a safe and effective way to ensure 360 protection from surfaces that get ignored during regular disinfection.
Understanding Coronavirus with Dr. Chakrabarti
On February 26 Citron Hygiene held a webinar titled Understanding Coronavirus in which we took an in-depth look at all things COVID-19 and answered viewer questions. This webinar was done in partnership with tropical medicine and infectious disease expert Dr. Sumontra Chakrabarti from Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga. He was able to provide our viewers with a comprehensive look at how COVID-19 is spread and why taking the proper preventative measures is so important. While we recognize that circumstances have changed since we aired this webinar, the information provided by Dr. Chakrabarti is still very relevant as we deal with COVID-19 today.