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Coronavirus – Reducing the risk of contamination

Monthind’s Health & Safety Officer Chris Brown (TechIOSH), delivers his best practice advice to help to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and reduce your risk of becoming contaminated.

What is coronavirus?

“Coronaviruses (CoV) are, “according to the World Health Organization (WHO), “a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.”

The current outbreak, COVID-19, is a novel coronavirus which can affect the lungs and airways. Symptoms including a cough, high temperature and a shortness of breath (anyone experiencing symptoms should follow NHS advice).

What is the most effective way to prevent the spread of a virus?

Monthind’s procedure for the Coronavirus at this moment in time is to follow HSE guidelines of good hygiene and to wear a mask as a precaution if you are suffering from a cold or similar condition.

Chris says, “It is really important to follow this advice, especially when meeting people outside of your usual environment, to stop the spread of diseases.”

Should I wear a mask to prevent coronavirus?

Child wearing medical face mask. Will this protect her from covid-19?

Professor of international public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Jimmy Whitworth, speaking to The Independent, stated: “There’s little evidence that they are very effective. They’re more beneficial if you have a virus and don’t want to pass it on than to prevent catching anything. People touch their faces often, allowing bacteria to get close to the eyes, although masks do at least prevent people touching their mouths. But masks do need to be changed frequently.

“Better ways of preventing infection are washing your hands with warm water and soap, not touching your eyes or nose, and if you cough, cough into a tissue that you put in the bin.”

Cleaning contaminated areas

Monthind’s highly trained specialist and biohazard cleaning operatives are vastly experienced in conducting safe, effective cleans of contaminated areas while preventing the further spread of contamination.

For more information on the safe cleaning of contaminated sites, get in touch today on 01206 215300.

 

To find out more about Coronavirus (COVID-19), you can find the World Health Organization Q&A here: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

 

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