The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic has left most Australians feeling anxious and uncertain of how to protect themselves and others against the virus. Experts suggest the best defence is to follow guidelines put in place by the Australian Government and the World Health Organisation (WHO) – including proper hygiene, sanitization and disinfection practices.
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The WHO defines COVID-19 (or ‘Coronavirus disease’) as the infectious disease caused by a new strain of coronavirus discovered in 2019 that had not been previously been identified in humans. The general term ‘coronavirus’ covers a group of viruses that cause a range of illnesses from the common cold to more serious illnesses such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
Common symptoms include fever, tiredness, dry cough, shortness of breath or breathing difficulties, body aches, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. In severe cases, the illness can cause pneumonia, kidney failure, SARS, and death. The virus is spread through coming into contact with droplets expelled from the nose or mouth when an infected person coughs, sneezes or exhales. These droplets pass through the air and land on surrounding surfaces, which are then touched or inhaled by others who can then become infected.
The fast-spread outbreak of COVID-19 is now considered a global pandemic, which means a new disease is considered to have spread ‘worldwide’. At the time of publishing, there are currently over 700 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia, with the majority of cases in New South Wales and Victoria. Over 100,000 people in Australia have been tested for the virus and 6 people have sadly died to date.
Now more than ever, it is crucial that we all follow best practice when it comes to personal hygiene and sanitization and disinfection of surfaces, especially in close-quarters workplaces such as commercial office suites.
The answer to this is unknown at this stage, however, scientists believe the virus behaves like other coronaviruses. Therefore, it is likely the virus can survive on surfaces for anywhere from a few hours to several days, depending on factors such as the type of surface and environmental conditions such as temperature. Surfaces suspected of being infected should be cleaned with disinfectant to kill the virus and reduce the potential harm to yourself and others.
The practice of disinfecting involves destroying or deactivating disease-causing bacteria and viruses on surfaces, whereas sanitizing will generally only reduce the number of bacteria on surfaces to acceptable levels and is ineffective against some viruses. While sanitizing is generally effective enough for low risk situations, disinfecting is preferred for treating surfaces at a higher risk of contamination – especially if that contamination relates to a highly infectious virus such as novel coronavirus.
Publicly accessible places such as shopping centres, food courts, supermarkets, pharmacies, community services facilities, schools, day care centres, and other institutions that frequently house large gatherings of people should receive special care from trained cleaning professionals during an outbreak and, indeed, during a pandemic. Facilities where the most vulnerable (i.e. the elderly and those with compromised immune systems) are cared for, such as aged care facilities, hospitals, community centres, and medical centres all require high-frequency specialist cleaning. The difference may very well be life or death.
At Keen To Clean, we understand that this is a trying time for all. Our experienced and dedicated team of professional cleaners are here to help alleviate some of that stress and anxiety by ensuring your premises are appropriately sanitized and disinfected, and helping you to do your part to reduce the spread of the outbreak. We currently service clients throughout regional and central Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide. Get in touch today to discuss your needs and obtain a free quote.
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See below for State and Territory Health Contacts:
Ph: 1300 006 055 https://www.health.gov.au/contacts/new-south-wales-department-of-health
Ph: 02 5124 9213 – Business Hours Ph: 02 9962 4155 – After Hours https://health.act.gov.au
Ph: 1800 675 398 https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au
Ph: 13 432 584 (13HEALTH) https://www.health.gov.au/contacts/queensland-department-of-health
Ph: 08 8922 8044 https://health.nt.gov.au
Ph: 1300 232 272 https://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/Public+Content/SA+Health+Internet/
Ph: See link below for the phone number relevant to your district https://healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/A_E/Contact-details-for-population-public-health-units
Ph: 1800 671 738 https://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au