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Should I be worried about the Coronavirus?

Coronavirus

If you’re in Africa, you may feel safer than in some other countries. According to a live Coronavirus update feed by Worldometers, Africa as a continent has seen the least amount of confirmed infections. In South Africa, we’re at zero infections, while China has seen more than 80,000 infections and nearly 3,000 deaths to date!

Does this mean we don’t need to worry about the Coronavirus? While we remain optimistic about maintaining an infection-free zone, the rapid spread of the virus means odds aren’t in our favour. For the moment, South Africa has no reason to panic but every reason to put extra precautions in place.

Why is Everyone Still Talking About the Coronavirus?

The COVID-19 is a new strain similar to the SARS and MERS viruses that appeared in recent years. The new strain surfaced in Wuhan, China. It is showing a lower mortality rate than the two previous strains, but it is spreading a lot faster. Because the virus is spreading so fast, more people have died due to infection than with the two previous strains of Coronavirus.

According to research papers, this virus has the unfortunate potential for a widespread pandemic. New studies suggest asymptomatic carriers of the Coronavirus can transmit infection (people who have no symptoms). Another study based on air travel data suggested an estimate of up to two thirds of Coronavirus cases leaving China have remained undetected. People are talking because the risks are real, and so precautions are a must.

How Can I Protect Against the Coronavirus?

As yet, no precautions have been set up in South African airports for incoming flights from China. The virus is new, only detected in late 2019. Conclusive measures against the Coronavirus have not been proven. Although scientists are working at finding a vaccine, many products have not been tested for their effectiveness in prohibiting infection.

GenEon Technologies offers us an ideal way to protect public spaces against viruses. The GenEon Rapid Response system includes cleaners and non-toxic sanitising disinfecting products that have undergone rigorous scientific testing. They have proved effective against all viruses, although testing against the Coronavirus has not been carried out yet. When used as directed, GenEon products kill a variety of germs and bacteria in just 30 seconds! These include E-coli, MRSA (a train of antibiotic-resistant bacteria) and Norovirus.

How Does the Coronavirus Spread?

When an infected person touches another’s hand or face, or if they sneeze and cough, the virus spreads. Microorganisms in minute drops of the spittle and mucus of the infected person find their way to others through the air and on surfaces like door handles or taps. Similar to the spread of influenza and the common cold, the Coronavirus has proven it can spread very easily and very quickly, with an incubation period of between 0 and 14 days.

Preliminary data points to the spread of the Coronavirus occurring in hospitals and homes. This is partially thanks to the quarantines put in place. With the virus spread from person to person with such ease and with evidence pointing to the likelihood of asymptomatic carriers, it is imperative to ensure public spaces hosting multiple people at one time are protected against the spread of viruses.  

According to Marc Du Chenne, MD at GenEon Technologies, traditional cleaning products may appear to do the job, but this is not always the case. Even sanitising and cleaning may not be producing the best results. In fact, many products simply release more allergens into the environment.

In contrast, GenEon is backed by science, easy to use, and proven to be safe and effective without harming the environment.

Although as yet no South Africans have confirmed infections of the Coronavirus, it has been found in more than 70 countries, with Italy sporting the most fatalities after China. The chances that it could come to South Africa are big. So far, it’s proven to spread fast. Being proactive in taking precautions can protect our public spaces.

For more information on GenEon’s Cleaning systems, visit www.geneon.co.za or call 011 783 1444. 

SOURCES: worldometers; JAMA; JAMA(2);