Published on March 28, 2020
Covid-19, otherwise known as the coronavirus, is a pandemic sweeping the wolrd. The most important thing we can do to stay safe during this unpredictable time is to keep a safe distance from everyone outside of our immediate family.
In our recent communication “MESSAGE TO OUR CUSTOMERS ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS” we outline extra precautions in sanitizing and prevention since sterilization and thorough disinfection has always been part of our business habits.
This is a practical and actionable guide that can help you prevent catching and prevent spread of the virus. We hope that these resources, at the time of reading (3/26/2020), are as accurate as can be and could help you. The information presented in this guide is based on current directives from the WHO (World Health Organization), CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) and the White House, and we encourage you to stay informed by regularly visiting the CDC’s website
We want to thank our customers for supporting us over the years and we want to thank our employees for working with us to get through this trying time.
There are three easy steps to aid in preventing the spread of this virus:
There are a lot of needling details involving exactly how long this virus can last on particular surfaces. But the dominant fact is that any surface can hold it for at least an hour. The amount of time it takes in between you and the person in front of you, reaching for the same milk carton, can effectively transfer this disease. Some estimates for surfaces such as stainless steel give it a lifespan of up to 24 hours, and it is even able to live in the air for a limited amount of time before it lands on a surface. It has been determined that the virus can survive on metal, glass, and plastic for as short as 9 days and as long as 28 days. You can reasonably assume any surface in your house, (from food to books) can harbor these foreign entities.
It is difficult to pin down exactly how long they can live in fibrous environments. Standard surfaces aren’t porous or malleable by nature and thus the virus can live on a counter top better than it can live on a piece of paper. Fibrous materials absorb the molecules and disperse them which doesn’t mean it will penetrate the skin and you can get infected just by skin contact, but it can stay on the surface for enough time to infect someone. At the time of writing there hasn’t been an official study on the impact of these individual molecules. However, one official response to the direct question about hair was answered: “It could be in your hair, but it would be hard to imagine unless someone actively coughed and got droplets in your hair”. On the other hand, it can survive in the air for up to 3 hours.
This is the biggest transmitter by far. Hands should be washed for at least 20 seconds at a time. You must use warm soapy water when you are washing your hands to increase the chance that the virus has been effectively removed. Since this is a virus, you don’t need to worry about whether or not the soap is antibacterial or not. There have been significant notes speaking about the importance of not using fake nails or acrylics. They may appear smooth but they actually create little nooks and cranny on the surface of your nail that if left unscrubbed can hold the virus.
As mentioned above, the easiest way to avoid Covid-19 or any virus as an individual is to always wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with warm and soapy water. When it comes to surfaces, wet wipes are more than sufficient at removing the threat. Essentially anything you would need to do to maintain good personal hygiene is a great way to stem off a potential infection.
Covid-19 is dangerous for everybody. It is most dangerous for three categories of people.
Essentially the easy way to look at how dangerous this is for you is the fact that this entire infection takes place inside your lungs. Older adults and people with immune deficiencies are particularly at risk.
As with any other virus, it will eat away the immune system meaning it can also make you more susceptible to other illnesses and diseases as well and is why there are medical complications that occur due to Covid-19. Minor symptoms are indeed flu-like; fever, coughing, fatigue. But these symptoms are for those minimally affected. If you are exhibiting some of these symptoms it is best to assume that you already have the virus and can risk transferring it. It’s good to practice social distancing and to enact a mild quarantine on yourself.
We hope you found this information resourceful and helpful, and we hope that it might even help you with a little more clarity on some of the data.
If you have any additional questions at all, please feel free to send us a comment or a message. But also, remember to read the news, check in with the CDC and the World Health Organization because they are the authorities on this matter. We are about one week to two weeks behind the precipice of this infection. With proper hygienic steps, effective isolation, we can overcome this disease and prevent ourselves from having a catastrophic situation on our hands. There are currently at least 500,000 people infected worldwide as the death toll over 23,000 with numbers climbing every day. This is one of the biggest pandemics we have seen in the modern era. It is best to stay far away from being infected with this disease. Not only is there a high fatality rate for this disease, but we also don’t know what the long-term side effects of this disease could be.
Stay safe, wash your hands, and thanks for reading.
CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) https://www.cdc.gov/
WHO (World Health Organization) https://www.who.int/
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