Update February 24, 2020
This article was originally published January 27. At that time, the coronavirus was just becoming world news. In less than a month, COVID-19 has infected over 80,000 people and over 2,600 have died due to complications of the virus. Just as one country begins to feel the surge slow, the virus is able to make its way onto a cruise ship or trickle into another country and the entire process begins again. Businesses have been closed for weeks or months, the global travel industry has lost billions and there is still so much that is still unknown about COVID-19. The ripples of Chinese shutdowns and quarantines are having detrimental effects on large and small economies. Supply chains of the world’s biggest tech companies, retailers and carmakers have been impacted by shortages and shutdowns. Oxford Economics predicts a global coronavirus pandemic could cost the global GDP $1 trillion.
As of January 27, over 2,700 people in more than a dozen countries have been infected by the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The health minister of China has also reported that the coronavirus is increasing in virulence and now could be contagious even before people exhibit symptoms, making apparently healthy people possible carriers.
A scientific assessment that was reported by The Washington Post showed the spread of the disease via map. They reported that scientists are assuming an optimistic 90 percent quarantine, however, they still predict more than 59,000 infections and 1,500 deaths — twice the toll of the 2002-2003 SARS outbreak.
So, what can you do to protect your facility, employees and occupants from this highly contagious virus, as well as other viruses like the flu and the norovirus? Flagship worked with our cleaning expert partner, Diversey, to help explain the basics of infection control and how you can apply them to your facility.
How will various disinfectants perform against the 2019 nCoV? Read more about real-world applications in Disinfectant Efficacy against the Wuhan Coronavirus by Diversey.
Learn more about the 2019-nCov, how it’s transmitted, symptoms to look for, prevention methods and disinfectants that are designed for the healthcare environment.
The CDC has produced a poster to promote the washing of hands after all activities. Download it and post it around your facility. (English and Spanish versions available.)
Download posters on Your 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene, How to Handrub and How to Handwash to display at your health-care facility, sponsored by the World Health Organization.
A short presentation about the outbreak of the Wuhan coronavirus that is causing virus pneumonia and what you should do as general precautions.
This piece explains the known method of transportation for the 2019-nCoV and prevention practices for businesses to help reduce the potential for transmission.
The World Health Organization put together a website with a video and infographics to teach you about the coronavirus and provides tips to reduce your risk. Tools are available at on their website.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has comprehensive information about COVID-19, including a weekly newsletter, ongoing updates for travellers, healthcare professionals and businesses, as well as a variety of free communication resources (print and video) available for download.