10 Feb 2020

Wightman & Parrish

Coronavirus Update

There have now been more than 37,000 cases worldwide of the novel Coronavirus nicknamed ‘Wuhan Flu’. To date, the virus has killed 800 people.

Whilst most of these cases have occurred within China, 2019-nCov has already made it to USA, UK, Canada, Germany, France and more. So what can you do to reduce the chances of being infected with this disease, and prevent the spread of it?

Wash your hands frequently

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub if your hands are not visibly dirty. Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub eliminates the virus if it is on your hands. We have a range of alcohol sanitisers and hand soaps available and in stock here.

Disinfect surfaces regularly

As CoV are easily killed on environmental surfaces with virucidal disinfectants (being enveloped viruses), standard cleaning and disinfection practices are effective and critical in preventing the spread of CoV, including the Wuhan Coronavirus. We offer effective disinfectants including Diversey Oxivir SmartDose here.

Maintain social distancing

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and other people, particularly those who are coughing, sneezing and have a fever. When someone who is infected with a respiratory disease, like 2019-nCoV, coughs or sneezes they project small droplets containing the virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the virus.

Practice respiratory hygiene

When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – discard tissue immediately into a closed bin and clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. Covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing prevent the spread of germs and viruses. If you sneeze or cough into your hands, you may contaminate objects or people that you touch. Wightman & Parrish offer a range of tissues to suit your needs - buy them here.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

Hands touch many surfaces which can be contaminated with the virus. If you touch your eyes, nose or mouth with your contaminated hands, you can transfer the virus from the surface to yourself.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Tell your health care provider if you have traveled in an area in China where 2019-nCoV has been reported, or if you have been in close contact with someone with who has traveled from China and has respiratory symptoms. Whenever you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing it’s important to seek medical attention promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Respiratory symptoms with fever can have a range of causes, and depending on your personal travel history and circumstances, 2019-nCoV could be one of them. If you have mild respiratory symptoms and no travel history to or within China.




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