Some of the causes of the coronavirus, how it spreads, the cleaning products that has the ability to kill it and how you can protect yourself and others against the virus will be talked about in this article.
What Causes the Coronavirus?
The coronavirus which is also known as COVID-19 is said to be caused by Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. A wide range of symptoms comes with the COVID-19 and the mostly known ones include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Other symptoms that are rare are dizziness, nausea, vomiting and runny nose. Patients can progress in to a serious pneumonia-like illness in severe cases. It is quite unfortunate that people show no symptoms at all early on and this usually makes the virus spread easily to other people. U.S health officials are advising Americans to prepare for an epidemic as a result of the above. This includes people who have not travelled to any of the affected countries or made contact with anyone having the virus. The diagnostic exam is not widely available yet even though you can be tested for the virus.
How is it spread?
The major way the spread of this virus is from person-to-person as anyone could guess. Nevertheless, a case was recently seen in Hong Kong where a pet dog is thought to have contracted the virus in a suspected human-to animal transmission. However, the major focus is on person-to-person transmission. Harvard University said it is possible to contract coronavirus when you come in close contact with an infected person. There is a possibility for cough droplets coming from an infected person to land on your mouth or nose or you possibly inhale in to your lungs and this was posted in an article by the University on their website.
But, the coronavirus can also spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects. For example, a person touches a surface or object that has the virus on it and then they touch their mouth, nose, or eyes. And, as we stated earlier, the symptoms don’t always show up right away. In fact, it can take anywhere from 3 to 13 days for an infected person to experience symptoms. The good news is that people are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic. So, avoiding people who show symptoms can help slow the spread of the virus. Lastly, it’s important to note that those who are the most at risk of getting sick from COVID-19 are the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema, heart failure, or diabetes.
Cleaning Products That Kill the Coronavirus
The products that are effective against coronavirus are very few especially when it comes to the popular ones. Some of these products are Lysol Clean & Fresh, Clorox Clean-Up and Clorox Disinfecting Wipes. This is not all. The Environmental Protection Agency released a full list of antimicrobial products that are effective against the virus that causes COVID-19 on March 4, 2020. Here is a sampling from that list.
- -Peroxide Multi-Surface Cleaner and Disinfectant
- -Stepan Spray Disinfectant Concentrate
- -Klercide 70/30 IPA
- -Clorox Healthcare® Bleach Germicidal Cleaner Spray
- -Clorox Clean-Up Cleaner + Bleach
- -Clorox Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner
- -Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
- -Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner with Bleach
- -Sterilex Ultra Step
- -Sterilex Ultra Disinfectant
- -Lysol Brand Heavy Duty Cleaner Disinfectant Concentrate
- -Lysol® Disinfectant Max Cover Mist
- -Lysol Brand Power Plus Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- -Lysol Brand Cling & Fresh Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- -Lysol Brand Lime & Rust Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- -Lysol Brand Bleach Mold and Mildew Remover
- -Lysol Brand Clean & Fresh
- -Purell Professional Surface Disinfectant Wipes
You should however have it in mind that you do not need to go overboard and re-wipe the whole surface in your home. Dr. Keith Roach who is an internist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital told Men’s Health magazine that there is no need to even use these products in your home to try to kill the coronavirus if you haven’t actually brought the coronavirus in to your home. You are expected to think your home as a safety zone as added by Roach. Washing your hands as soon as you walk through the door is the best way to ensure this works.
How to Protect Yourself and Other People
As mentioned above, one of the best protection ways for yourself and others from the virus is to keep your hands washed. Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose and after coughing or sneezing should be done as recommended by Harvard University. You can also use alcohol-based hand sanitizer which has at least 60% alcohol in cases where there are no soap and water nearby.
Other recommendation by Harvard include: avoiding close contact with people who are sick, not touching your eyes, nose and mouth, staying home when you are sick, covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throwing the tissue in the trash after, as well as cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. By following all of these, you will not only be protecting yourself, you will also be protecting others around you.
Wearing an N95 mask will not be new to you if you work in the healthcare field. For the benefit of people that are ignorant of what this mask is; it is a respirator capable of filtering airborne particles with 95% efficacy. If you are not a health worker, but you are caring for someone with COVID-19, there is a need for you to take conscious precautions. Harvard University recommends that you stay in another room or be separated from the person as much as possible, for example, using a separate bathroom and sleeping in a separate bedroom. The university also recommends that you make sure that shared spaces in the home have good airflow. You can do this by turning on the air conditioner or opening a window. Other precautions to take include wearing a disposable face mask and gloves, not sharing household items such as dishes, cups, utensils, towels, and bedding, washing laundry thoroughly, cleaning all “high-touch” surfaces (i.e. counters, table tops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, etc.) daily, and, of course, washing your hands frequently.
You should also consider this; avoid traveling by airplane for the time being. Regardless of how safe it might seem to travel currently, it is imperative for you to stay current on travel advisories from regulatory agencies because these advisories can change quickly. If you are exhibiting any virus symptoms of any kind, do not travel at all. You can do your fellow passengers a favour if it is mandatory for you to travel, wear a face mask.
All remember that there are infected people out there with no symptoms at all. The best thing to do is to postpone your travel plans if you show no symptoms at all but suspects you have been exposed to someone who has the virus.
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