Coronavirus – are you ready?
On New Year’s Eve the first cases of Coronavirus COVID-19 were reported in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China. The Coronavirus organism belongs to a family of viruses, which includes the common cold, as well as SARS and MERS viruses.
Despite China’s effective quarantine of Wuhan, the virus has now spread to every continent except Antarctica – with the World Health Organisation (WHO) declaring it a public health emergency. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Whilst most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, it can be more severe for the elderly and people with already compromised immune systems.
This is a new virus and things are changing at a fast pace. So, what can you do to best slow down the spread?
Practice good hand hygiene
The most effective way to stop the spread of germs is to practice good hand hygiene. Wash your hands regularly. If your hands are visibly dirty thoroughly wash your hands with soap and running water. If your hands are not dirty, clean and sanitise them frequently with an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
Remember to wash or sanitise your hands every time you cough or sneeze, before, during and after you prepare food, before eating, after you’ve been to the toilet, when your hands are visibly dirty and after being around animals.
These prevention methods will help prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses that may be on your hands. This important advice is supported by the WHO.
These hand hygiene practices are particularly important if you work in high traffic areas including busy offices, hotels, schools, healthcare environments and transport hubs such as airports.
What are we doing for our customers?
With the steady rise in confirmed cases in the UK, our customers have been asking for advice on the best hygiene control measures to help stop the spread.
To help, we’ve produced a guide on good hand hygiene to help prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses. You can download the Simply Washrooms guide here. Put this guide up around your place of work to increase awareness of effective hand hygiene. We also recommend putting up additional hand sanitiser stations especially in high traffic areas to ensure access to sanitiser is always available.
We’re closely monitoring the situation and we’ll continue to provide updates. In the meantime, if you need advice on your hygiene control measures you can contact our customer care team on 01992 575563 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mandy Kitchener, customer experience manager