Coronavirus Guidlines

  • Posted on: 30 January 2020

The recently identified Wuhan novel coronavirus (WN-CoV) belongs to a large family of viruses with some causing a less-severe disease, such as the common cold, and others causing a more-severe disease such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) coronaviruses.
Coronaviruses are mainly transmitted by large respiratory droplets and direct or indirect contact with infected secretions. They have also been detected in blood, faeces and urine and, under certain circumstances, airborne transmission is thought to have occurred from aerosolised respiratory secretions and faecal material.

Sensitivity to Disinfectants
Coronaviruses are enveloped viruses which means that they are sensitive to a wide range of disinfectants.

Environmental decontamination
There is evidence for other coronaviruses of the potential for widespread contamination of patient rooms/environments, so effective cleaning and decontamination is vital.
Cleaning and decontamination should only be performed by staff trained in the use of the appropriate PPE and infection prevention and control procedures.The advice from PHE is to follow cleaning with neutral detergent with a chlorine-based disinfectant, in the form of a solution at a minimum strength of 1,000ppm available chlorine.

There should be more frequent cleaning of commonly used hand-touched surfaces and of anteroom/lobby areas (at least twice per day). Dedicated or disposable equipment must be used for environmental decontamination. Reusable equipment must be decontaminated after use with a chlorine-based disinfectant as described above. Personal protective equipment (PPE) and good infection prevention and control precautions are effective at minimising risk but can never eliminate it.

Hand Hygiene
This is essential before and after all contact, removal of protective clothing and decontamination of the environment. Use soap and water to wash hands or an alcohol hand rub if hands are visibly clean. Rings (other than a plain smooth band), wrist watches and wrist jewellery must not be worn by staff involved in patient care or cleaning and disinfection procedures.

Reactive Cleaning

Having already undertaken reactive hygeine cleans in response Coronavirus alerts, we are best placed to assit with controlling hygiene standards within your offices and places of work. We will dispatch a qualified cleaning team, complete with all the correct PPE and approved chemicals to ensure all surfaces are cleaned to an EN1276 standard giving you and your staff peace of mind. From I.T and Telephones, Desk Surfaces and Door Funiture, Washrooms and Receptions, all surfaces will be sanitised. Ring our National Helpdesk now on 01527 839 855 who will Manage the whole process from Initial call through to after clean reports.