Coronaviruses (CoV) are a family of enveloped virus that was first discovered in the 1960s. They are most commonly found in animals; however, six strains of Coronavirus were known to be capable of transmission from animals to humans. The latest strain is known as the 2019 Novel Coronavirus or 2019-nCov or COVID-ID. It originated in Wuhan, China, last year.
How does the Coronavirus spread?
The virus typically spreads through the air via coughing or sneezing, contact with an infected person or contaminated surfaces, and rarely, via fecal contamination. Most people get infected with a human Coronavirus at some point in their lives. They experience cold-like symptoms for a few days and then recover. However, the 2019-nCoV strain can cause severe symptoms, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath that can lead to pneumonia and possibly death.
The virus can spread quickly from person to person and can lead to widespread outbreaks when infected individuals travel to different countries. At this time, there is no vaccine or specific treatment for the Coronavirus.
The CDC provides useful guidance and resources for Coronavirus infection control measures. These should all be implemented when patients are suspected of being infected with a Coronavirus.
Hand hygiene: Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette: Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash. Avoid contact with infected individuals, as possible. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects with an EPA-registered disinfectant.
For 2019-nCov, the CDC also recommends a mask for confirmed individuals, eye protection for healthcare workers, and implementing both contact and airborne precautions in addition
to standard precautions.
How to Disinfect a Hard Surface
(Non-porous surface not affected by water)
1. Protect yourself with safety glasses, gloves, and appropriate clothing. Dilute concentrated disinfectant as per labeled directions.
2. Remove gross and visible soil with traditional cleaning methods and the appropriate Misco disinfectant.
3. Spray affected area with appropriate Misco disinfectant and allow area to stand wet for 10 minutes.
4. When finished, discard safety gear and wash your hands.
Clean your hands often
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands (Source CDC).
Cleaning & Disinfecting Tools to Help Reduce Risk of Infection
So many facilities are shut down due to all these Governors’ Orders and it’s frustrating, annoying, and, frankly, poorly communicated. We certainly hope this is all short-lived. In the meantime, if you’re waiting to have a chance to open your doors once again or are still operating and serving your customers, these tools will assist in ensuring your facility is safe and clean for your customers and employees alike. Highly reliable equipment from the likes of PowerBoss and Minuteman, these simple systems disinfect many surfaces effectively and efficiently.
PowerBoss Nautilus Disinfecting Mist Add-On
Do you already have a Nautilus or other wheeled equipment at your facility? PowerBoss has created a simple tool that can be mounted to multiple types of equipment. Contact us today to learn more!
Minuteman Mist-It Disinfecting System
Minuteman’s Mist-It System is perfect to quickly and effectively disinfect surfaces in your facility. Work stations, customer returns, and common areas can be safe for use in moments. Contact us today to learn more!
Setting Up Your Minuteman TRS
The Total Restroom System (TRS) is Minuteman’s all-in-one restroom care machine. It’s highly effective at what it does and makes restroom care a breeze. Ensure your facilities are clean and safe for use with ease!
Bortek Sanitizers & Disinfectants
ITEM # 108397- Bortek 512 Sanitizer
ITEM # 105014 Bortek LavFresh TB Ready to Use
ITEM # 107007 Bortek Starlight 64
ITEM # 104462 Bortek Starlight – #4 Lemon CleanStation
ITEM # 115904 Bortek LavFresh – #6 CleanStation
ITEM # 123962 Misco Pine One Step
General Hand Sanitizers for Every Day Use
UPDATE ON COMPANY OPERATION
We are currently operating at full capacity with total access to our standard offerings to you. Some lead-times may be extended due to the restrictions set forth by State, Federal, and International levels but we are constantly working to ensure we’re here for you and are able to assist in any way possible. Some of our staff are on adjusted schedules and we have alternating remote work in place for others. This will not impact the high quality of customer service you expect from us– we’re here to help!
As we currently are monitoring the latest regulations from the State & Federal levels, we’ve taken additional steps to ensure the safety of our staff and customers.
All of our employees are required to wear masks while at our facilities or at a customer’s location. Customers that enter our facility are only granted entry if they’re wearing a mask or face covering. This is a standard set forth by the State and we are required to comply.
Our Equipment Maintenance & Field Repairs are offering Disinfecting Services, upon request. In a nutshell, our Service Technicians will take additional steps to ensure the risk of infection is negated by making use of misting disinfectant. Once our Technician arrives at your facility, they fully disinfect your machine. Then they complete the job at hand. Before they leave, they re-disinfect the entire machine, ensuring it is safe for your people to use.
Should you have any questions or concerns, you are always more than welcome to call us at 1-800-626-7835 — you can also e-mail us or fill out a contact form here.
UPDATE ON RETURN POLICY ON SANITIZERS & PAPER PRODUCTS
The Coronavirus COVID-19 is everywhere. The news, schools, transportation, events, the economy… all being impacted by this current pandemic.
Due to the overwhelming amount of extreme quantity orders of sanitizing and paper products resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic, Bortek has no option but to implement a no return policy during this crisis. Back orders of large orders may not be cancelled as we are doubling and tripling our supply chain orders to satisfy the unpredictable demand we are experiencing.
Additionally, we are fulfilling our most loyal customers orders based on our internal customer loyalty rating system as our first priority and new customers second due to this crisis.
Please be patient as we will fill all the orders. There will be times that we are forced to deliver partial orders of key products. We will fill the balance of these orders as fast as our supply chain can manage.
We appreciate your understanding during this time!
– The Bortek Team
Industry Operation Guidance
We are currently operating under the class of Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods– under the wonderfully ridiculous government defined subsections of Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers as well as Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
-The products listed above have demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) on hard, non-porous surfaces. Therefore, these products can be used against 2019-nCoV when used in accordance with the directions for use. For more information, refer to the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/
-Body Graphic: SOURCE Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; GRAPHIC Janet Loehrke/USA TODAY | https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/about/prevention.html
-Text & instructions that is referenced above was supplied by Misco Products.
-Bortek’s EPA Registered Products are ONLY available for purchase in Pennsylvania.