Coronaviruses are a family of enveloped RNA viruses that are distributed widely among mammals and birds, causing principally respiratory or enteric diseases, but in some cases neurologic illness or hepatitis. The current disease is now referred to as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), and the causative virus is called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). It is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans.
How does it spread?
The virus spreads in a similar way to flu or the common cold, in droplets produced by coughs and sneezes. The droplets are either inhaled directly due to close proximity or land on surfaces and are picked up on the hands of others and spread further. 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 viable for longer in faecal or other biological material, so anyone not washing their hands thoroughly after visiting the toilet could contaminate anything they touch. People catch the virus when they touch their infected hands to their mouth, nose or eyes. This means that scrupulous hygiene is required in and around toilet blocks, locker rooms, canteens and other staff welfare areas.
SARS-CoV-2 viruses can live on surfaces from several hours to weeks. A new analysis found that the virus can remain viable in the air for up to 3 hours, on copper for up to 4 hours, on cardboard up to 24 hours and on plastic and stainless steel up to 72 hours and if in biological material potentially for 24 days.
Services we provide:
Not all disinfection services are the same; sometimes a good spray with a suitable disinfectant will be sufficient to kill the virus, but the efficacy of such treatments depends on the skill of the specialist providing the service and the equipment he or she uses. Treatments will vary depending on surface texture, chemical formulation and delivery method. The scientists at Precision (Microbiologists, Biologists, Biochemists, Environmental Scientists) have conducted substantial background research using original academic data on the survivability and means of control of Coronaviruses. From this and working with sister company Thermokleen Industrial Cleaning specialists they have formulated effective disinfection solutions.
Our specialist disinfection teams have the knowledge and expertise to provide a safe, discrete and effective solution for the disinfection of environments such as food manufacturing and storage, restaurants, office and reception areas, schools, gyms and places where key workers are employed.
The disinfection can be tailored to your site and requirements during the initial survey, which can be made directly at the site, or through video link and the programme can comprise:-
- Surface disinfection/clean of all hard surfaces and frequently touched objects such as door handles, handrails, tables, worktops etc.
- Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) misting – to create and disperse a disinfectant aerosol to reduce the numbers of airborne virus, to prevent transmission of potential contaminants and also apply disinfectant to surfaces that may be difficult to reach. This is a technique often used to disinfect ‘clean rooms’ in the medical and biohazard research communities.
- Heat Treatment – technology to denature viruses and other micro-organisms sensitive to moderate heat.
We are working in partnership with Precision Pest Management to provide these services so please contact us by phone on 0113 2266800 or by email [email protected]