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Lowering the Risks of Spreading Infection

Updated: Mar 25, 2020

Not only are we providing a professional and accredited interior Ship Sanitation service, we are also trying to filter out the gossip from the good information which we are receiving from various reputed sources including the World Health Organisation (WHO), National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), US National Institutes of Health (NIH), CDC Centers for Disease Control and the BBC. Below is some useful information published only by the said sources.

Like many respiratory viruses, including flu, Covid-19 can be spread in tiny droplets released from the nose and mouth of an infected person as they cough. A single cough can produce up to 3,000 droplets. These particles can land on other people, clothing and surfaces around them, but some of the smaller particles can remain in the air. There is also some evidence that the virus is also shed for longer in faecal matter, so anyone not washing their hands thoroughly after visiting the toilet could contaminate anything they touch.

It is worth noting that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, touching a surface or object with the virus and then touching one's own face "is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads". Even so, the CDC, the World Health Organization and others health authorities, have emphasised that both washing one's hands and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily are key in preventing Covid-19's spread. So, although we still don't know exactly how many cases are being caused directly by contaminated surfaces, experts advise exercising caution.

Coronaviruses are well known to be particularly resilient in terms of where they can survive. One aspect that has been unclear is exactly how long SARS-CoV-2, the name of the virus that causes the disease Covid-19, can survive outside the human body. Some studies on other coronaviruses, including Sars and Mers, found they can survive on metal, glass and plastic for example tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, handles, toilets, faucets and sinks for as long as nine days, unless they are properly disinfected. Some can even hang around for up to 28 days in low temperatures.

If you would like a more information or a quotation for the interior Ship Sanitation service, please do not hesitate in contacting us.


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