Are you taking precautions to combat the spread of disease at your facility? Learn more about the current coronavirus, including origins, symptoms, prevention best practices, and vaccination information. For additional help keeping your employees and your building healthy and safe amid growing concerns of rapidly spreading illness and disease, contact Commercial Cleaning Corporation. You can rely on us for exceptional service, state-of-the-art equipment, and 24/7 customer support.
Origins of the Virus
On January 30th, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the disease “coronavirus disease 2019” (COVID-19), a public health emergency of international concern. Person-to-person spreading of the virus was first reported among people who were in close proximity to those in Wuhan, China.
Common Questions About COVID-19
How does COVID-19 spread?
The virus mainly spreads through person-to-person transmission. The virus can travel through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes and land in the mouths and nostrils of passersby.
Can people spread the virus without being sick?
It’s believed that people are most contagious when they are at their sickest, or when their symptoms are most severe. In asymptomatic cases, those who are infected but do not show any symptoms can also continue to spread the virus to others.
Can the virus be spread by touching infected surfaces or objects?
It is possible that a person could get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that’s been contaminated by the virus, but this is not the primary method of spreading.
How severe is the COVID-19 illness?
Severe illness from COVID-19 means that a person may need hospitalization, intensive care, a ventilator to help them breathe, or it could result in death. Adults of any age with the following conditions are more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19:
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic lung diseases
- Heart disease
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Older adults are also more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19 as more than 80% of COVID-19 deaths occur in people over age 65.
Is there a vaccine for COVID-19?
At this time, there are three authorized vaccines in the United States:
- Pfizer-BioNTech – which requires two shots
- Moderna – which requires two shots
- Johnson & Johnson/Janssen – which is delivered as a single shot
These vaccines help our bodies develop immunity to the virus that causes COVID-19 without us having to get the illness.
Common Symptoms of COVID-19
2 to 14 days after exposure, the following symptoms may appear:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
If you develop symptoms and have been in close contact with someone known to have COVID-19, or you’ve recently traveled from an area experiencing the spread of COVID-19, please consult your doctor immediately.
Protect Yourself from COVID-19
Until you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the best way to stay safe is to avoid exposure to the virus. That means:
- Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you’re sick.
- Cover coughing and sneezing with a tissue and discard it in the trash immediately after.
- Treat frequently touched objects and surfaces with standard cleaning and disinfecting agents routinely.
- Wear a mask in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. The mask is meant to protect other people in case you are sick.
- Wash your hands with soap and water, especially after using the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Practice social distancing measures by standing or sitting at least six feet apart whenever possible.
- Keep alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol handy for convenient cleaning when soap and water are unavailable.
How Businesses Can Help Keep Their Employees Safe from COVID-19
Encourage Sick Employees to Stay Home
Any employee showing signs of acute respiratory illness should stay home. They should stay out of the office until their fever is gone and they don’t show any signs of illness without medication for at least 24 hours.
Perform Routine Cleanings of Your Building
Every aspect of your workplace should be kept clean and sanitary, with professional cleanings scheduled regularly to clean desks, floors, countertops, doorknobs, bathrooms, eating spaces, and other areas. Commercial Cleaning Corporation uses state-of-the-art electrostatic disinfectant equipment and traditional cleaning methods to provide comprehensive cleaning solutions for all types of facilities. Electrostatic disinfecting is a fast and cost-effective supplement to standard cleaning regimens as a way of thoroughly applying sanitizers and disinfectants to surfaces, regardless of the shape or angle of the surface in question.
Take Precautions Before Traveling
If you or your employees travel outside of the US, check the CDC Traveler’s Health page for news, updates, guidance, and recommendations for each country you or your team will visit. If any employees are showing any signs of acute respiratory illness, they should notify their supervisor. If there is any indication at all that an employee is sick, they should not travel!
Emphasize Respiratory Etiquette and Hand Hygiene
Make your stance on sick employees staying home clear, and provide your employees with helpful CDC-issued guidelines for proper respiratory illness etiquette and hand hygiene. Provide easy access to tissues and hands-free waste containers for all employees. People should keep their hands clean with alcohol-based hand sanitizers or by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. For visibly dirty hands, soap and water are most effective.
Additional Coronavirus Resources
The coronavirus outbreak is affecting millions around the world, and it’s vital that everyone understands basic workplace cleanliness to keep workspaces safe. We spoke with SHRM.org to discuss workplace cleanliness and the effectiveness of electrostatic spray in their article, “Cleaning Up After a Coronavirus Exposure.”