What is COVID-19 and the Corona Virus?
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines coronaviruses as a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold, to various stages of respiratory tract illness & infection possibly leading to more severe diseases.
The name comes from the Latin word “corona”, which when translated means “crown” or “halo”, and refers to the shape of the actual virus particle when it is viewed under a microscope.
“Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning that they are transmitted between animals and people,” the WHO says.
How does it get spread?
Coronaviruses are very contagious and can be spread very easily from person to person, especially if one is in close contact with an infected person between 3-6 feet, and is transmitted primarily by touch, sneezing, coughing or picking it up on many surfaces where the virus can stay alive on, of which one may touch and take the virus in through your mouth, nose or eyes if you have not washed or sanitized your hands before touching your face.
An accurate medical diagnosis and test is required to positively identify if you do indeed have COVID-19.
How do you prevent it?
There is currently no vaccine developed or available to treat people for COVID 19, but prevention is best practise.
- Washing your hands regularly with water and soap for at least 20 seconds, and/ or using a alcohol based hand sanitizer with 70% and higher alcohol content
- Avoid touching your face, including nose, mouth, eyes with non- sanitized or unwashed hands.
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue and dispose of it, if you don’t have tissues, cough or sneeze onto your elbow area
- Do not shake hands or hug a person
- Avoid contact with people who are ill
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
- Sore throat
- Coughing with or without sneezing
- Running a fever
- Breathing difficulties or shortness of breath
The elderly, frail, infants and people with weakened immune systems are at high risk, and should seek isolation during this stage until a vaccine is found, as this virus poses a huge threat to them as they are very susceptible to catching this strain of Coronavirus and can potentially lead to very serious illnesses of the respiratory tract and lungs such as pneumonia or bronchitis and can appear anything between 2-14 days after exposure to the virus, of which has a 7-14 day incubation period.
What do do?
Seek medical advice if any of these symptoms appear, or if you have been in contact with someone who has travelled abroad to countries that have COVID-19 infections.
Wash and keep sanitized – Keep washing hands and sanitizing your hands, as well as keeping your home or business clean and sanitized.
How do you sanitize your home or business?
We have a solution to assist in keeping your home or business clean and safe through using our ULV fogging application with a biocide surface sanitizer to all hard surfaces of your premises, which is called a Microbial fogging treatment.
The product applied is registered, and is safe to touch on hands and is used to sanitize all hard surfaces in various industries including food grade production, preparation or storage facilities, offices, buildings, restaurants, schools, apartment blocks, domestic homes etc.