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.

Controlling Infection

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

ITEM # 28130111- Gel Hand Sanitizer with Vitamin E, Aloe & Moisturizers

Alcohol-Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer Refill ITEM # 1616071- Alcohol-Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer

Please Note:
-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.