What is this new strain of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how can we help stop the spread?
What Is Coronavirus COVID-19?
As defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), coronaviruses are made up by a variety of viruses — ranging from diseases like the common cold to more serious illnesses.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) further defines the disease: the current strain of coronavirus, COVID-19, is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an outbreak in Wuhan, China in January 2020.
This new strain is similar to previous coronavirus outbreaks within recent years such as: Middle Easy Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
For up-to-date information on the virus, we recommend visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.
What Are COVID-19 Symptoms?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), those affected with COVID-19 may begin to show symptoms within 2-14 days after exposure, and experience respiratory symptoms ranging from mild to severe including:
- Shortness of breath
For more information on seeking medical attention, please refer to the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/
How Does COVID-19 Spread?
As stated by the CDC, the virus is spread mainly from person to person, through direct or indirect contact including, but not limited to:
- Through the air by sneezing and coughing (affecting those within about 6 feet)
- Close personal contact (such as touching, shaking hands, or hugging)
- Touching your face, mouth, nose, or eyes after touching a surface or object that has been contaminated with the virus
- And rarely, through fecal contamination
For more information, refer to the CDC website.
How Can We Prevent The Spread Of Covid-19?
This information presented in this article is not intended to serve as medical advice. Please contact your doctor for medical treatment.
While there is currently no vaccine to prevent contracting COVID-19, the CDC suggests adhering the following preventative measures:
WASH YOUR HANDS. Clean thoroughly with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
USE HAND SANITIZER. If soap and water is not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
AVOID TOUCHING YOUR FACE. Viruses are often spread by touching the eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
The CDC also recommends taking the following steps to protect others:
STAY HOME. If you’re feeling unwell, avoid contact with others and stop the spread of disease.
Learn what to do if you’re sick, from the CDC.
COVER YOUR COUGH + SNEEZE. Use a tissue, the neck of your shirt, or the inside of your elbow to cover your cough or sneeze.
CLEAN + DISINFECT. Sanitize frequently touched surfaces and communal spaces daily.
PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING. Avoid crowds, mass gatherings, large group settings and maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others.
Can Sun Joe, SUPPLYAID and Glissen Products Help Fight Against COVID-19?
The Glissen cleaning and disinfecting products shown below have proven effective against viruses similar to coronavirus COVID-19 when used on hard, nonporous surfaces. In compliance with the EPA’s Emerging Pathogen Policy, the following Glissen chemical products can be used against COVID-19 when used as directed.
Sun Joe and SupplyAid products are recommended for general household cleaning and disinfection. Sun Joe’s heavy duty steamer, for example, kills and sanitizes 99.9% of common household germs, while its cordless 360-degree handheld spin scrubber brush is an effective power cleaning tool for scrubbing a variety of surfaces. The Sun Joe cordless powered chemical sprayer can also be used in conjunction with the EPA-approved Glissen chemicals to help with disinfection across a large surface area. SupplyAid provides disposable nitrile gloves, non-hospital grade masks, and hand sanitizer gel to help with keeping yourself safe during cleaning and other daily activities. While Sun Joe and SupplyAid offer products that are effective for general cleaning use, they are not, in and of themselves, recommended to be used against COVID-19 in accordance with the EPA’s Emergency Pathogen Policy regulations.