Our team at KSS is closely monitoring the information regarding COVID-19. Maintaining a clean and healthy facility and promoting proper hand hygiene practices is important to help reduce the spread of this disease.
What Is A Pandemic?
The United States government recently declared the Coronavirus COVID-19 to be a pandemic. A pandemic is defined as “an epidemic occurring worldwide, or over a very wide area, crossing international boundaries and usually affecting a large number of people”. The classical definition includes nothing about population immunity, virology or disease severity.1 The Coronavirus COVID-19 started in Wuhan, China and is now spreading globally giving rise to the definition of pandemic.
What is COVID-19 and How Is It Transmitted?
There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused be a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans.2 There is much to learn about the novel coronavirus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Based on what is currently known about the virus, spreadfrom person-to-person happens most frequently among close contacts (within about 6 feet). This type of transmission occurs via respiratory droplets. Transmission of novel coronavirus to persons from surfaces contaminated with the virus has not been documented. Transmission of coronavirus in general occurs much more commonly through respiratory droplets than through fomites. Current evidence suggests that novel coronavirus may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials.3
Clean and Disinfect Surfaces
Cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in community settings. Disinfect surfaces and objects with an EPA-registered disinfectant. A full list of EPA registered products can be found on our website at https:⁄⁄kssenterprises·com⁄coronavirus-COVID19, as well information about “Cleaning and Disinfecting of High Touch Areas”.
Understanding the Difference Between Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Sanitizing
Cleaning removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects. Cleaning works by using soap (or detergent) and water to physically remove germs from surfaces. This process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.
Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects. Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces or objects. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.
Sanitizing lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level, as judged by public health standards or requirements. This process works by either cleaning or disinfecting surfaces or objects to lower the risk of spreading infection.
Clean & Disinfect All ‘High Touch” Surfaces Daily
High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them. 4 It is recommended to clean with disposable disinfecting wipes instead of microfiber or cloth· If disinfecting wipes are unavailable use a EPA registered disinfectant and a paper towel or paper wiper. Dispose of soiled wipes immediately.
Hand Hygiene Protocols
Washing hands often will help in stopping the spread of the disease. Ensure hand hygiene supplies, such as soap, sanitizer, and paper towels, are readily available in all buildings. Have handwashing strategies in place that include washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. 5 A proper handwashing chart can be printed from our website at https://kssenterprises.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/LIT-STS_GERMS_WH.pdf to be used throughout your facilities·
Proper Handwashing Technique – Follow Five Steps to Wash Your Hands the Right Way
Information on the Coronavirus COVID-19 is changing rapidly. The most up-do-date information can be found online at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html