The CDC is closely monitoring an outbreak caused by a novel coronavirus in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Now spreading globally, the WHO has declared the outbreak a "public health emergency of international concern." There have been thousands of confirmed human infections and hundreds of deaths. For the most up-to-date statistics, please consult the CDC's website.
WHAT IS IT?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others that circulate among animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can evolve and infect people and then spread between people, such as has been seen with MERS and SARS.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
Symptoms include runny nose , headache, cough, sore threat, and fever. However, a recent study confirms that this coronavirus can and has been spread by asymptomatic individuals.
HOW IS IT TRANSMITTED?
Transmission occurs through the air by coughing or sneezing, close personal contact, touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands. Rarely, transmission can occur through fecal contamination.
WHAT IS THE TREATMENT?
There are no specific treatments for illnesses caused by human coronavirus. Rest, drink plenty of liquids, and take fever medications. If symptoms persist, you should see your healthcare provider.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS CAN BE TAKEN?
Avoid close contact with others, and if you're already sick, stay home. Wash your hands often with soap and water—or, when soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing a minimum of 60% alcohol. Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
HOW CAN BETCO HELP?
The EPA has announced the emerging pathogen policy is now in effect, which means that if a disinfectant has a kill claim against a similar virus, it is suitable for disinfection against the emerging pathogen. Betco has 6 such disinfectants, along with a comprehensive line of hand hygiene solutions.